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Pathfinder Society Member. 433 posts (7,767 including aliases). 3 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 2 Pathfinder Society characters. 14 aliases.


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Andrew R wrote:
GentleGiant wrote:

So, we can conclude that it's irresponsible to live on a budget larger than what you would earn on minimum wage. It's irresponsible to have sex without making sure that the woman has taken her pill or checked whatever other BC she might be on AND the guy better double up on the condom, just to be safe. Buying a house that you can't buy with cash is also irresponsible. Buying a car is also very questionable, even if you can pay it with cash, because you might have been able to buy a cheaper (but probably also more unreliable, but that's somehow not the point) one.

Sodas, energy drinks and jerky are right out of the question!
In other words, anyone living a better life than Andrew R is Doing it Wrong(tm)!
has nothing to do with a better life, i lack the jealousy so many are afflicted by when talking about social class, i just don't want to be the one paying for it. it has everything to do with be responsible, not party like its the end of the world then demand someone else pay the piper for you. live within your means, try to have a plan, minimize risk. this is not rocket science but sadly most people these days are too damn dumb. wich would be fine if people like me didn't have to bail them out

R seems to have an aversion to acknowledging privilege, let alone its effects in society, given his extreme view of the less fortunate.


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houstonderek wrote:

Gore never came to power, so we'll never know, but he's kind of a weenie and couldn't hold Clinton's used toilet paper, so I don't think he would

have been much better than Bush or Obama, to be frank.

I'm pretty sure Gore would have probably heeded the warnings that Bush ignored, and 9-11 would likely have been foiled.

Bush and co. were planning to invade Iraq before they even got into office, and Gore wasn't involved with PNAC. So, if Gore hadn't been able to stop 9-11, he still wouldn't have invaded Iraq, and millions of lives would not have been shattered.

He would instead have used the world's sympathy to get their help in going after the terrorists, and would have succeeded.

Gore isn't Bush, and that alone makes him the better man.


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M Elf Rogue 3/Admixture Evoker 7/Arcane Trickster 10

Who's my naughty goddess?


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You can do fine without blasting. Have you checked out the guides in the advice forum?

I wouldn't play a generalist wizard. Pick a specialty.


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Streets ahead.


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Chris Hedges says stuff.


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Andostre wrote:
TriOmegaZero wrote:
It was pretty explicit.
Also, I are not very much smrt.

Me prblm saem;


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FireberdGNOME wrote:

I would love to play in an all dwarf party. And I would be excited to run one if the players all wanted to do it!

Funny thing, I think the idea sits better than an all Elf party.

We have beards, and axes, and beards, and we invented booze.

What's with all the no-axe, no-hammer dwarves? Get some axes up in this hizzy, stat!


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aceDiamond wrote:
RJGrady wrote:
There's a reason characters belong to "classes."
I'm starting to feel a surge of communism in the distance due to this post...

*Python voice* There you go, bringing class into it, again!


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Set wrote:

Still flailing around at the notion that 'The Most Beautiful Girl in the World' is now remembered as a Prince song.

Ugh.

Yeah, I'm old enough to remember this.


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137ben wrote:
Alex Martin wrote:
Ross Byers wrote:
Ross Byers wrote:
He also admitted the prestige class is overpowered, so there's that, too.
Nope, I apparently hallucinated that. Or inferred it from "third-party prestige class found in the discount bin".
I find it amusing that you corrected yourself in the same thread within 6 minutes. Aren't you supposed to wait for someone to yell: "Nu-uh!" first? ;-)
Nu-uh! He's allowed to correct himself! You are totally wrong:)

Nuh-uh! No take backs! YOU'RE wrong!


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Please. It's December. Welcome the zombies, and invite them in for holiday cheer.


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Backfromthedeadguy wrote:
I don't get Spanish soap operas. Maybe I should learn Spanish...

I speak Spanish. It doesn't help.


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I was at the grocery store and reached into a box of Halloween candy to get some bags of it for the kids. Sure enough, there was a wasp in there, and it stung me!

I knew Cosmo was behind it! It's the only explanation that makes sense.


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Mr. Brewer,

We regret to inform you that, due to your inappropriate love of blowing people up, which all wizards know is suboptimal, we have decided to revoke your membership in the Society.

Sincerely,

The Glitterdust Appreciation Society


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Your hate is for naught,
when a drow can be bought.


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It's good to know we'll have places to go once we use up Earth-that-was.


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I'm so glad my gaming group is nothing like this... We just play to have fun.


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blackbloodtroll wrote:
One trick ponies are always susceptible to meltdown, when the altering of their one trick comes to light.

I think people look at the AT, and the ability to add sneak attack damage to spells is all they see.

The AT is anything but a one-trick pony. It's a spellcasting skillmonkey. Adding a few d6 to a blast spell is fun when you can pull it off, but if that's all you focus on, you're missing what sorcerers and wizards can do with maxed-out acrobatics, stealth, etc.

"MacGuyver with spells" is a good analogy. "Flying, invisible James Bond" works, too, once you have the levels for it.

My Skull and Shackles trickster

Spoiler:
was able to cast Alter Self and turned himself into a sahuagin, swam to an enemy boat, cast Invisibility on himself underwater (not a problem in the form of a sahuagin), then climbed aboard and sabotaged the ship so they couldn't chase us. A typical wizard could attempt the same, but I doubt his stealth and disable device skills would be very good. This was at 5th or 6th level, IIRC, so he wasn't really a trickster, yet.

He's also our go to guy for ship repairs and knowledge checks. He definitely pulls his own weight in our group.

I don't think this ruling makes that much difference, unless you play a low-skilled sorcerer trickster built all around blasting.


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It all comes down to the proper technique.


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This thread is a crock.


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Benghazi!


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M Elf
stats:
Init +2/ HP 32/32 // AC: 12/T:12/FF:10 - Percep: +4// F +1/R +3/W +6 /CMB +3 - CMD 15

They have axes, too.

Can't help it. Boomer cracks me up.


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The "Christmas" show was great! Malcolm McDowell was brilliant. What a great spoof!

You'll notice I'm not as critical of TV, because it's TV. I want some laughs, and this show still delivers.


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Seems touchy. Arr.


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MrSin wrote:
A highly regarded expert wrote:
That person turned around and gave us Snowball.
I don't complaining about someone who can't see or hear you is needed in this conversation.

I feel better...


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Xeen wrote:

We didnt call that Spartan Madball...

I cant even say what it was called in my neighborhood.

When I was a kid, we called it "smear the queer," which, if you think about it, may have some historical veracity. It's apparently what the Spartans did. :)

I hope the kids are calling it something a little more groovy these days, like "tackle the perfectly accepted person, whatever their sexual orientation, and take the ball, yo."

I added "yo" to make it the "shiznit," yo.


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PFS sits down a group of adventurers of disparate levels, and asks them, without any consideration of what they can actually do, to go and handle a task.

Bonus if they do it, no cookie if they don't. It's supposed to take about 4 hours.

PFS isn't PF. It's built to accommodate random characters through one episode of action/adventure, not write a trilogy.


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Did someone already say ranger/wizard? Full BAB, all good saves, lots of skills and skill points, solid combat, an animal companion, some divine spells, and amazing cosmic powers.


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therealthom wrote:
Does S&S go all the way to 20? Will you ever know?

Sorry, missed this earlier. I don't think the AP goes to 20th, but the GM says he'll go as long as we want. Personally, I'm enjoying it a lot, so I hope we do.

20th level pirates! Arrr!


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Addictive haiku
It is truly a great thing
Let it flow through you


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
ciretose wrote:
TOZ wrote:
ciretose wrote:
I am constantly amazed how many people on here don't seem to care if the story that is being told through the game makes any sense or not.
Story don't matter if you ain't having fun.
For me, I ain't having fun when the story doesn't matter.
That doesn't invalidate my statement.

Nor his.

"It works for my build" is an honest answer, but it's fine for the GM to want a little explanation. Some players may be making a bad choice based on some impulse.

Or, maybe, it's a good idea you'll want to discuss a bit. Sharing your visions for your characters at level-up is a great time for the party.

When the GM announces that everyone's leveled, it's good to discuss things before you reconvene. Leveling changes the mechanics. Talking about it makes the characters feel more real, IMO.


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Grand Magus wrote:


Are you a millionaire?

.

I have learned that money isn't important because rich people use
money for power, but power doesn't come from being rich.

A percentage of profits should be free to individuals. It isn't a matter
of whether you want to be cheating other people or even consider
yourself as cheating others.

Individuals do not own their work. That's why communism and capitalism
are the same. Rich individuals own the corporations, and then cheat
their workers. They do not see people's families.

Corporations just follow the rules set before them by the individuals
in government. It just goes on and on. They still fire people when they
need to, regardless of whether the person could do the job or not.

.

So, you're NOT a millionaire?

I know Lisa and Vic are, but you can't tell because they hardly ever wear top hats.


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3.5 Loyalist wrote:
The ransom would not pay for the family.

That's why I stopped kidnapping people. You can't get to the rich ones, and the poor ones still have some guns.

Too much trouble. Damn those gated communities!


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Klaus van der Kroft wrote:
Sure there are a lot of scumbags, but in my experience, for each one of those there are ten who made it the right way.

Of the non-millionaires I know, who far outnumber any millionaires I know, There are few who "made it" at all.

Pensions are shattered, factory jobs are gone. Lots of them tried to play by the rules, but the rules changed.

Worker bees are a dime a dozen. Their needs are not a part of the global equation.


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Tiny Coffee Golem wrote:
Your statistics are bad and you should feel bad.

*Slinks off with a bottle of scotch and hides in a closet, sobbing uncontrollably.*


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Klaus van der Kroft wrote:
A Snooty Gnome wrote:

99.9% of the world are not, and never will be so rich. Most people work hard just to stay fed, if they can get food.

According to Forbes, there are 10 million people with more than 1 million USD in the world. So technically that would be 99.86% if we take the latest official world population figure from the UN.

Pardon me. I hate to be so wildly inaccurate.


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Samnell wrote:

Like everyone else in the world that isn't a millionaire, my long series of bad choices began with picking the wrong parents. That one alone virtually ensures you will never become a millionaire, or for that matter even seriously upgrade from the class into which you were born. I compounded that error by being born in one of the most income immobile, stratified societies in the developed world in a period when such inequalities and lack of mobility were on the upswing, and then, not quite satisfied yet, I further chose to be born in a mostly-empty hinterland of said nation thereby depriving me of the numerous advantages I could have accrued from simply being born in an upscale school district or somewhere with access to several very good universities.

Some, trying to duck their personal responsibility for their lot in lives, will say that all of that stuff is luck or not really choices. But we know differently. That's just a story losers tell to console themselves. The truth is that if we really deserved it, we would have picked the correct parents to start with. Entirely our fault for not reading the pamphlets thoroughly.

It's also possible to be born with the natural ability to become an outstanding A-list athlete, entertainer, or become well-known from a Youtube video, and capitalize on your 15 minutes that way. I'm willing to bet that George Zimmerman has at least a million in his defense fund.

99.9% of the world are not, and never will be so rich. Most people work hard just to stay fed, if they can get food.


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Grand Magus wrote:
A Snooty Gnome wrote:
2) never made enough money to become one

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Why can't you make enough money?

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I'm comfortable. Is there some reason I need to be a millionaire?


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1) wasn't born to one
2) never made enough money to become one


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Wow. Their taxes returned to the earlier level because the tax cut sunsetted as it should have, and a teeny tiny number of them want to leave the country? Good riddance. Have fun in Somalia.


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Vestrial wrote:

The language of the Evocation school is really inconsistent with the rules: "Creates something out of nothing." But not in the (creation) sort of way. A different kind of "create." Why can't Evocation also (create) a snowball to chuck at somebody by tapping into the plane of snowballs and pulling it here? This rule about only Conj being able to get 'SR:No' spells is completely arbitrary. The difference between conj and evocation should be that conj focuses on creating things and evocation creates forces. This would allow evocation some 'SR:no' spells, which would help it not suck quite as much.

Why are you all comparing this spell to grease? It's not about what's the best level 1 spell. It's about what's the best levle 1 blast. If you're building a blaster, you can now go conjuration, and get all the benefits that entails, but also be doing more damage than the evoker (unless the evoker chooses to use snowball too, in which case why is he an evoker?)

Here's the crux of the biscuit. Evokers were the blasters until someone at WOTC decided that conjurers should be better blasters than evokers, because God knows, that school just wasn't strong enough.

Treantmonk even rated PF evocation as green (a good choice) in his seminal guide. It does more than blast, though he may have missed how darkness got nerfed.

Saying "blasting sucks anyway, so just play a conjurer" doesn't address this discrepancy. It's just saying that evokers can't have nice things, so to hell with them.

There's probably no way to have perfect balance between all the schools, but there shouldn't be one that so outclasses the others that it's the only one you see played. Evocation shouldn't create monsters made out of force, and conjuration shouldn't have a better first level blast than anything evocation can do.

I think the universalist wizard could use some kind of boost, too.


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Ashiel wrote:
Sorry, I'd probably still pick grease over 3.5-17.5 average damage vs 1 target and a save vs staggered.

Maybe it's just me, but spells like grease and glitterdust rarely seem to work as advertised when I try to use them. In fact, my 4th level wizard (21 int) has yet to blind anyone, or slow them down enough to matter.

He's absolutely slaughtered with magic missile and scorching ray, though. YMMV.


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Andrew R wrote:
You might be trying to do the right thing and would simply like help if it is out there but i am so tired of hearing it from so many college kids. I mean half of the occupy movement was whiny kids wanting out of the bills they chose to rack up for themselves. That said, you are working and ex military so you are an example of folks that do deserve some help and that maybe the cost of education is too damn high

Thanks for the opinion, Rush. You truly are a fountain.


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Vestrial wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:

And as long as the vast majority of the things we publish ARE "balanced" and well designed, that reputation can continue. I like to think we're good enough at Pathfinder to be afforded a few mis-steps now and then.

Whether the snowball spell is indeed a misstep... we're still in the knee-jerk reaction phase, so until it's been in play for a while I can't say.

You're absolutely allowed a few mis-steps now and then (and have made a few), and I've never posted a thread bashing a particular misstep. I only question the philosophy of using published material for testing new material.

I'm not sure we can call this 'knee-jerk' phase. How is this spell going to function any differently in PF than it did in 3.5? It is now the best low-level blast in the game (and holds up til mid-level for a dedicated blaster), but it's conjuration. This seems fundamentally at odds with the pains you took to make each school most effective in their own sphere.

Yep. Evokers can't add a few more points of damage to it, and it's better than any evocation they can add that piddly bonus to.

Vestrial is right. It's the best 1st level blast in the game, now. Do I outlaw that particular spell, or the whole book?

Please, Paizo, let's not go down the hellish road that was the Spell Compendium. We count on you to know spells are balanced before you publish them, and this one is pure splat. Conjuration is good enough without ANY blast spells, even acid.

If I have to go over every little thing players want to cheese, PF is no better than 3.5.

I WANT to let players use the books, and find little tricks that make things fun. I DON'T want to take the players' books for a week and pore over them, rooting out obviously imbalanced exploits.


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Roberta Yang wrote:
Rynjin wrote:
"A GOOD gamer can make a Commoner into Jesus!"
It's pretty easy, all you need is a few ranks in Perform (Miracles).

You should check out the Savior prestige class. It's divine.


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Dennis Baker wrote:

Hmm, Not sure if this has been mentioned, but Sleepless Detective from Paths of Prestige might just be the new way of getting that extra d6 of sneak attack. Not only does it give a d6 at first level, it also lets you add your INT score to Perception checks and Sense Motive checks. A solid bump for Wizard based Arcane Tricksters. It does require Alertness and some pesky skills though. If you want to avoid (or have to avoid) the evil route, it's a nice option. IMO the idea of a magical detective/ trickster is cooler than assassin, but YMMV ;)

Another option which requires 2 levels is Halfling Opportunist. I like it because you snag a nice bonus to saves and trap-spotter which is my favorite rogue talent.

Interesting. Looks like I gotta update!


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Please, my gay brethren and sistren, don't think that because there are inevitably some neanderthals among the sapiens, that we straight folk all think that way.

Some of us know and love gay and lesbian people in our own lives, and your personal sexual identity doesn't mean diddly at my table.

mearrin69 is right. Fortunately, I honestly think that the vast majority of gamers understand what it is to be a little different, and hold no grudges in that regard.

Get Cheetos dust on my books, though, and your @$$ is out the door!


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Dwarves are perfectly happy just the way they are.

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