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One thing that you may want to look out for: If the centaur leader challenges the dwarf to a duel, be SURE that the dwarf is reasonably overmatched by that centaur. The player will learn exactly the wrong lesson if he wins that duel or if he loses it strictly because of GM fiat.


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I guess Catfolk are like Humans in that regard -- major variations in appearance and minor differences in trait and feat access, but not much in the way of other mechanical differences.


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Sauce987654321 wrote:
Mark Carlson 255 wrote:

PK Dragon,

I think we can agree to disagree as there a quite a few "jobs" that would require more than one skill to be the best at at 1st level and you can only have skill focus on one of them.
If a commoner is human they get a bonus feat, so it's actually 2. I'm pretty sure there's a trait that allows someone to have 2 skill focuses instead of the bonus feat, but I'm not sure if NPCs qualify for this.

There is an alternate racial trait that lets you trade in the human bonus feat for THREE Skill Focus feats, but that does not help most Commoners because the 2nd and 3rd Skill Focus feats are received at 8th and 16th levels, respectively.


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The Dervish Dance feat and a few archetypes and prestige classes with similar themes are based on wielding a scimitar in one hand (exactly what you want) and nothing in the other (not so much).

However, the Armor Master's Handbook does introduce a chain of feats that eventually allow you to treat a shield as an empty hand for feats like Dervish Dance with no penalty, so something along those lines may be worth trying if you are not intent on having full scimitar sword and board capability from level 1.


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On its own, this change can be made to work with minimal changes to the rest of the game system. For example, anyone taking the Magical Knack trait should be told to pick something else since that trait would become meaningless.

But thinking about how to extend the logic of this change to other class features does open a can of worms. In the case of spellcasting, the general idea seems to be that caster level increases with character level but that spells per day and spells known do not. So what other class features currently based on class level should also increase with character level? Some choices in this regard might increase the likelihood of single level dips into other base classes -- is this a good thing or a bad thing?


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What is the relative value of an animal companion vs. a familiar? The Animal Archive Player Companion has a Carnivalist archetype that grants a familiar to a Rogue.


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From the product description, I don't see any evidence that this product has anything at all to do with Paizo's Summoner class -- just a bunch of summonable creatures.


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Alexander Augunas wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:

One nitpicky comment: In the PDF, the archetypes are not in alphabetical order.

Which ones are out of order? I'll try to start getting a fix together when I get home.

Vengeful Hunter and Dragonheir Scion


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I think I may have identified the single case where veneration of a deity could have mechanical implications. It is quite possible that there will be a future PFS scenario in which the PCs encounter a cult of Cthulhu worshipers. It will certainly occur to many of these PCs to tell the members of that cult that they worship Cthulhu too.

If veneration of Cthulhu is illegal in PFS, then of necessity these PCs will be lying and will always need to attempt Bluff checks.

On the other hand, if veneration of Cthulhu is allowed, then any player who can show that item on his character sheet would be able to bypass the Bluff check (since he would in fact be telling the truth).


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One nitpicky comment: In the PDF, the archetypes are not in alphabetical order.


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BigNorseWolf wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:

So, in PFS, what penalty if any would a GM impose on a player who says, falsely but in character, that he worships a PFS-illegal deity?

Snide glances from NPCs

VERY SNIDE GLANCES!

Of course, wouldn't some perfectly legal deities get the same reaction?


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So, in PFS, what penalty if any would a GM impose on a player who says, falsely but in character, that he worships a PFS-illegal deity?


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David knott 242 wrote:
The Make Whole spell should do it if you can somehow cast it at 24th level (since that is twice the caster level of the item). Good luck achieving that in a PFS game, though.
Actually this is easily doable and allowed by the guide but there is no reason to think a make whole would turn a cracked stone into a normal one.

Correct. The cracked and flawed stones are the result of errors during the creation process. They aren't "broken" in the sense that an item which can be repaired by make whole is.

So, unfortunately, they cannot be upgraded or repaired into normal stone.

A normal Ioun Stone can also become cracked or flawed when placed in a Wayfinder according to the table of random results for Method 2 of attuning an Ioun Stone to a Wayfinder. However, if I recall correctly, PFS uses Method 1 exclusively.


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Animals are creatures that could exist in the real world. They evolved the same way animals in the real word did. Magical Beasts are the result of some sort of magic. Sometimes more than one are created, and they end up breeding true. But in all cases something extra has been added to their nature. If the Magical Beast has animal level intelligence it may act like an animal, but it is not an animal.
A Griffon, Owlbear, and hippogriff could happen in the real world. They are just weird animals.

Actually, those creatures aren't possible in our world -- but I will admit that there is no way that a native of Golarion would be able to figure that out easily. At least in the case of the owlbear there is lore saying "A wizard did it."


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More -- like this?


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The Make Whole spell should do it if you can somehow cast it at 24th level (since that is twice the caster level of the item). Good luck achieving that in a PFS game, though.


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So, Favored Prestige is needed for Prestigious Caster, but what exactly does it *do*? Is it just "You get a favored class bonus (+1 HP or +1 skill point per level) in your PrC or is it something that's actually worth a feat?
It also gives you a bonus in a single class skill iirc, but I can't check right now.

So, if I can find a prestige class with the right class skill whose entry requirements are not too onerous, this could be a way to get a useful bonus to said skill. Interesting.


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If you go back far enough, anyone has ancestors of a completely different species. But by the aay this subtype is written up, the eidolon is supposed to match the summoner's race even if the summoner has no ancestors of his own race (for example, his parents were a pureblooded human and a pureblooded whatever).

Then again, is that really any worse than the eidolon having an initial intelligence score of 7 or 9 even though the summoner might be descended from a long line of geniuses?


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nosig wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:

But in order for that to work, you need some sort of method to organize all of those responses. If you ask a mob what something is and 80+% of them don't all yell the same thing in unison, they won't be very helpful. On the other hand, if you can ask for a show of hands for a multiple choice poll, the responses are very likely to be helpful.

** spoiler omitted **

I haven't seen "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" in several years, but the method I last saw used involved the audience pushing buttons on devices at their seats that were quickly tabulated into percentages by a computer networked with all of those devices. Asking for applause or a show of hands would be lower tech methods to accomplish the same result, specially if only an overwhelming majority response is of any use to you.


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A quadraped Eidolon has a Bite for free. Then you can buy claws for it's limbs (1pt) and Pounce (1pt) leaving 1 evolution point available for something else.

do quadrapedal edolions no longer get pounce for free?

Pounce has never been a free evolution for anyone. The quadruped's advantage with this evolution is being able to take it at all.


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Does the Ashavic Dancer gain any special ability with the Bladed Scarf?


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But in order for that to work, you need some sort of method to organize all of those responses. If you ask a mob what something is and 80+% of them don't all yell the same thing in unison, they won't be very helpful. On the other hand, if you can ask for a show of hands for a multiple choice poll, the responses are very likely to be helpful.


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So was the bundle only available to people who ordered the books before they hit print?


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I am guessing that questions of race are based on the exact question asked. For a half-elf, the answers to the questions "Are you a human?", "Are you an elf?", and "Are you a half-elf?" are all "Yes", but the answer to the question "What is your race?" can only be "half-elf".

The last of these questions is the one raised when building an Ancestor eidolon.

To give a more obvious example: The Cyclic Reincarnation spell would cause a dead half-elf to come back as a half-elf; he would not be given the choice of half-elf, elf, or human.


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The summoner is a half-elf or a half-orc. That would take precedence over also counting as other races, as only one race is mentioned (not multiple races or choosing one if you count as more than one).


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Can't you simply decline to worship any deity for mechanical purposes? That would seem to be what is meant when a deity is banned in PFS. You can say that you worship anyone or anything that you want, but if the GM raises a question, you can always point to "Deity: None" on your character sheet.


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Nefreet wrote:
So you'd say "You and your allies can quickly jog each other's memories to remember essential facts"?

I think what the feat does is add "quickly" to that sentence.


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As I recall, the ancestor eidolon gets the summoner's racial traits. So a half-elf's eidolon has half-elf racial traits, and a half-orc's eidolon has half-orc racial traits. Since these racial traits do not count for prerequisites, the Elf Blood and Orc Blood traits are basically wasted.


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If you are crafting something yourself, then you are not playing PFS. The lack of crafting is probably the biggest difference between PFS and standard Pathfinder.


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It looks like it could work -- but it is a weak option, for obvious reasons. Note that you are not exempted from picking opposition schools as a Universalist Wizard is, and there are relatively few spells in the Universalist school.


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Interesting. This is the first book to mention the First Speech language, isn't it?


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Surprisingly, technology may have given the imperial system an extended life here on Earth. The computational simplicity of the metric system is no longer a factor when our cell phones have apps that can take care of the calculations for us. So nowadays, the only thing driving Americans towards the metric system is the ever increasing majority of people in the world who prefer that system.

At some point in the future, I am sure that the imperial system will fall by the wayside in the same way that French as the language of international relations did, and for very similar reasons.


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In any case, since a class's capstone ability is rarely related to general spellcasting, the Prestigious Caster feat generally doesn't help you get that capstone.

So far, Dragon Disciple seems to be the prestige class that benefits most from this feat, as it does not require a lot of other feats to make the character work. Speaking of which -- do any of the prestige classes in this book grant ability score boosts? Dragon Disciple so far seems to be the only prestige class in Pathfinder to do that.


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Using the metric system is actually a relic of a time when the metric system was seen in the United States as the measurement system of the future and thus a prediction about how the conversion efforts of the time would go. In the case of Traveller, its developers really should have invented a Vilani system of measurement and used that, as in the history of that setting it would have made the most sense for the Terrans new to the interstellar scene to adopt the measurement system already in use across several sectors instead of imposing a system that was previously used on a single planet.

For Starfinder, we have the problem that Golarion has no real counterpart to the metric system -- and there is no reason to suppose that there would ever be parallel developments to those in our real world that would bring such a system into being. Keeping the imperial system would be one of the small touches that would remind players that this is not a future Earth setting.


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Among other things, a Dragon Disciple with full spellcasting is now possible, it seems.

Heck, you could even manage a full casting Noble Scion with some retraining, unless that feat has a limitation that hasn't been mentioned yet.


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And that feat definitely reduces the cost to a spellcaster entering the Evangelist prestige class.


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Dietrich von Sachsen wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:

In addition, the entire weight of chain mail rests on your shoulders, making it feel heavier than some heavier armors whose weights are better distributed.

Having worn and fought in the stuff, that's demonstrably false. Chainmail is always worn with a belt specifically to distribute the weight away from your shoulders.

Thanks -- noted for future reference.


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In addition, the entire weight of chain mail rests on your shoulders, making it feel heavier than some heavier armors whose weights are better distributed.


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Ah, thanks.

I was going by the statement "Additional feats to bolster characters taking any prestige class, be they those of a religious bent or otherwise" in the product description. I was hoping from that statement that at least some of the feats would cause prestige class levels to progress base class abilities. I see now that that is not the case, at least for most of these feats. Unless Daring Exploit does something like that?


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Can you provide a quick summary of the prestige class enhancing feats in this book?


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True Inspiration only references the dice rolled, not any static bonuses.


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Thank you very much! I think there was a glitch in the original Rusty Dragon Inn Bar entry. I am glad that you will be able to clear it up.

And I will be sure NOT to click on that "Ship as Soon as Possible" button since it would do something that I definitely do not want done.


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It will probably become more active as people notice problems with their orders or we get late into the shipping period and people begin to wonder whether their subscription orders will ship.

Most likely, the next two items of importance will be completion of the auth/order spawning process and beginning of actual shipping.


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I would take that to mean that they do have this product in stock but won't get any more after they sell out what they have.


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I got my authorization e-mail today. It contains what is for me a record size order, and it also left many items in my sidecart. Many of these items (backordered minis and future Paizo products) make sense, but there are a couple that I want to double check on:

1) The Rusty Dragon Inn Bar. I want to be really sure that there is no glitch that will stop me from getting this item eventually.

2) Volo's Guide to Monsters. Some friends of mine have mentioned seeing this product in game stores. Is there something holding this item up?

Finally -- I see that there is a "Ship as Soon As Possible" button available on the "My Account" page. If it looks like the two items above might be ready to ship before January and I click on that button, would it be possible to reverse that action after one or more orders are generated? I would rather not have you shipping the backordered minis to me one at a time if that can be helped.

The order number generated today is 4120795, in case that helps.


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Pretty much any single-classed arcane spell caster class with Mage Hand on its spell list can qualify for the 1st level of Arcane Trickster after reaching 7th level. What you do is select VMC Rogue. At 7th level, when you gain +1d6 Sneak Attack, you retrain one of your previous feats to Accomplished Sneak Attacker and you then meet all of the prestige class's prerequisites.


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Well, in Pathfinder, humans don't usually get reincarnated into centaurs -- but I suppose a similar situation could come up with Merfolk. I am sure that a Human reincarnated into a Merfolk would swim effortlessly by instinct, but the physical changes would definitely feel weird, at least at first. The fact that those weird feeling would have no game effects does not mean that they would not be there.


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Anyone know if the owner of the Archive of Nethys website is doing okay? I heard he was suffering from some major back pain and I hope he's still in the realm of the living.

Well, Katina Davis is hard at work right now on the Customer Service thread. I doubt that she would be doing that if anything really bad had happened to her husband.


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Why would anything about a reincarnated character's new form feel right to that character? He or she has a lifetime of experience in a different form and suddenly finds himself or herself in a different form, permanently. Gender is about the only thing that a reincarnated character can change cheaply, easily, and painlessly -- that character pretty much has to learn to accept all other physical changes.


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Actual shipping is not scheduled to start until Wednesday, so don't expect anyone to have PDFs before then.

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