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Pathfinder Society Member. 790 posts (884 including aliases). No reviews. 4 lists. 1 wishlist. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 7 aliases.

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Paulicus wrote:
I still believe that teamwork eliminates any "bad feelings" that come from the disparity, which addresses a good portion of the complaints.

Anecdote time!

I'm currently in a play-by-e-mail 3.5 game. Our 15th-level party recently came across a room containing nine nagas (it was a big room). My character, a psychic warrior/elocater with a touch of barbarian, is very fast, and rushed into the room towards one of the nagas, struck it with is giant sword, and wounded it! Next up, the wildshape ranger/master of many forms used a blade barrier SLA, and the druid cast arc of lightning. Six of the nagas died.

I was seriously considering having my character mope in the corner after that one.

This anecdote certainly isn't the be-all and end-all of the experience, but hopefully it illustrates that "bad feelings" aren't necessarily eliminated by teamwork.

Oh, and there's this, too: my nephew (who is playing the master of many forms), when we saw the set-up in the room, asked, "So, you're going to run by them and whack them all with your sword, right?" Something that's consistent with the power level of a 15th-level character, completely in character for my PC, perfectly sensible to my nephew as a player, and not allowed by the rules.

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Rocket Surgeon wrote:
Look back through threads like this from the last 6 months. It's the same 4-5 people who join the thread to write long posts against the need for a new edition. They usually re-use the same old arguments, along the lines of "backwards compatibility and dollers spent."

Just because they're old arguments doesn't make them invalid arguments. :-)

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I'd be up for a re-organization of the rules, but not a new edition (a la D&D 2->3, 3->4, or 4->5).

Arachnofiend wrote:
Meanwhile, the store I go to has an entire section devoted to Pathfinder and has more books for older editions than it does for 5e.

How many books are out for 5e? I don't actually know.

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[can't resist] I'll wait for the Othello flip-mat. [/can't resist]

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Since I don't feel that the real world makes sense, I'm at a loss as to how to answer the question. :-)

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Here's a link to some traditions (and a different multiple traditions rule) I've come up with. The intention is to have many small traditions rather than far-reaching traditions like arcane magic or divine magic.

There are only four traditions in the document right now, but I'd like to have dozens of them, and would encourage players to make their own.

Here's the document.

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In general, "at will" says one can do the thing whenever one wants, but doesn't say how long it takes.

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PCGen does a pretty good job of it.

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Those are bigger than HERO System Fifth Edition Revised? I am impressed.

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I was skimming through Spheres of Power yesterday (I still haven't read it thoroughly yet), and a thought for a campaign world came up: What if everyone in the world had Spheres of Power-style magic? And I mean every sapient being has at least a little bit of magic, and other styles of magic/spellcasting aren't available.

Would one be able to make pretty much general PC character type with just the eleven base classes in the book?

I'm a bit concerned about skill-heavy characters, or if concepts like "raging" or "nature warrior" are covered, or even if they are necessary. But, like I said, I've only skimmed the book. Maybe all the needed stuff is there. It might even be covered in the "Using This Book" section. [I do know about the conversion archetypes, but I'd prefer to avoid those, if possible.]

I'd probably want to make an NPC class (or three—commoner, expert, adept). Other than that, what might be needed? What might be useful? I'm sure some of you are far more familiar with Spheres of Power than I am.

If there seems to be enough interest, I might do some sort of play-by-post here using the idea.

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If you scroll down far enough, the alchemist discoveries page on d20pfsrd has a list of third-party alchemist discoveries, along with sources. I suspect there will be some of interest to you.

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DM Sothal wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:


I can't wait to find out what all 5 types esoteric dragons are called. ...
** spoiler omitted **

Does someone read xkcd?

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I challenge someone to come dressed as an aeon.

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If you haven't seen The Year of Yokai! thread, you should.

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If you can ignore the name "psionics" and some of the names of abilities, the 3e psionic system makes more sense to me for characters with supernatural or magical abilities: not an arbitrary uses-per-day mechanism, but a pool of energy points, and the user can choose which of their known abilities the energy will power.

Digitalelf wrote:

From what I have read here on this message-board, a lot of posters, even those that use psionics, do not agree with that, and therefore let magic effect psionics and vice versa.

I happen to like keeping the two independent of one another in that regard.

With regards to flavor, I agree. However, there may be mechanical balance problems (e.g. Spell Resistance vs. Power Resistance, Anti-Magic Shell vs. Null Psionics Field) to consider. If one source of power is more common than the other, you might find one power source running rampant over the other. Also, the classic 3e "psionics is different" had no psionic abilities affecting magic in any way, no magic affecting psionics, so it was more extreme than your quote.

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Wayne Reynolds wrote:
I think of all the Iconics, Shardra would be the one I'd go back and change the most.

Maybe you'll get commissioned to design a mythic Shardra.

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Space Invaders. They just keep coming. Faster and faster ...

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Tacticslion wrote:


(Also, Advanced Mythic.)

Advanced Ultimate Unchained Mythic Adventures!

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Aelryinth wrote:
It IS cheesy, because its so unrealistic and anime-ish.

You say "unrealistic and anime-ish" like it's a bad thing.

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I usually make characters who'd rather have several 14s than one 18.

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TarkXT wrote:
...the enemy is flying, invisible, and it's a thunderstorm on top of a clock tower. (this actually happened to us)

Wait, your enemy is a thunderstorm? That's awesome! I'm going to have to work that into a game somehow.

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pennywit wrote:
"because bows are for cowards!!!!" ... said my group's barbarian, in character, until a wandering manticore started strafing him with tail spikes.

A cowardly manticore.

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Which version of PCGen are you using?

Scale mail is medium armor, which slows your speed to 20'. The slowed speed gives a -4 penalty to jump. That's probably where the difference is.

PCGen usually knows the rules better than I do. There are always bugs to work out, though.

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Sissyl wrote:
Also, pretending it's a real issue, and an important one to boot, that people NOT SAY CERTAIN WORDS... because... uhhh... reasons... is pretty weird. I can understand that various companies comply under threat of lawsuits... but not one bit of that makes it a real, sensible issue.

Why is it not a real, sensible issue? If people started swearing left and right on the message boards, I would feel uncomfortable, and not come back. I suspect I'm not the only one. Why is driving away potential customers and/or community members not a real, sensible issue?

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Distant Scholar wrote:
Why would taking damage incur a penalty on the Disarm roll? I can't find that rule.
Performing a Combat Maneuver wrote:
Unless otherwise noted, performing a combat maneuver provokes an attack of opportunity from the target of the maneuver. If you are hit by the target, you take the damage normally and apply that amount as a penalty to the attack roll to perform the maneuver.

That's what happens when one only looks under "Disarm" and not "Combat Maneuvers".

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How appropriate; you fight like a cow.


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Psionics is broken!


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Irontruth wrote:
Scott Betts wrote:
Valandil Ancalime wrote:
Sure, it's infringement on IP/closed content on a game they no longer support and haven't supported for years. They aren't losing sales because of it.
WotC literally released 3.5 reprints last year, and multiple adventures published leading up to 5e's release included 3.5 rules.
The reprints were only the core books, who's info is nearly entirely contained in the SRD, which is free and has been available online for nearly 10 years.

This is not quite true; they also reprinted the spell and magic item compendia, which were generally not open content. [And, as PDFs, they've released a lot of 3.5 non-open books.]

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Amalgam #3:

And now for something completely predictable.


ALICORN (amalgam unicorn/pegasus)
CR 3
CG Large magical beast
Init +3; Senses darkvision 60 ft., detect evil, detect good, low-light vision, scent; Perception +11
Aura magic circle against evil

AC 15, touch 12, flat-footed 12 (+3 Dex, +3 natural, -1 size; +2 deflection vs. evil)
hp 34 (4d10+12)
Fort +7, Ref +7, Will +4; +2 resistance vs. evil
Immune charm, compulsion, poison

Speed 60 ft., fly 120 ft. (average)
Melee gore +7 (1d8+4), 2 hooves +5 (1d6+4)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks powerful charge (gore, 2d8+8)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 9th)
Constant---detect evil (60-ft. radius), detect good (60-ft. radius)
At will---light
3/day---cure light wounds
1/day---cure moderate wounds, greater teleport (within its forest territory), neutralize poison

Str 18, Dex 16, Con 16, Int 10, Wis 17, Cha 18
Base Atk +4; CMB +9; CMD 22 (26 vs. trip)
Feats Flyby Attack, Multiattack
Skills Acrobatics +8, Fly +7, Perception +11, Sense Motive +7, Stealth +12, Survival +7 (+10 in forest); Racial Modifiers +3 Survival in forests, +4 Perception, +4 Stealth
Languages Common, Sylvan
SQ magical strike, wild empathy +14

This looks like a unicorn with wings, and not a pegasus with a horn. There are subtle cosmetic differences.

The alicorn should technically have a bite, I think, but it'd be relatively weak (1d3 base damage), and I have trouble picturing it using a gore and a bite in the same full attack, so I left it out.

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Mekkis wrote:
Force people to get new programs, and they'll either keep using Windows 7, or jump ship. I hear linux, BSD and OSX are all happy to cater for them.

Sounds like a certain role-playing game I know.

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chbgraphicarts wrote:
All this mention of Catfolk Bards and not ONE Josie & The Pussycats reference...

Enh. I've got no time for purrs and pats.

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Comet the Wonder Horse from The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr..

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wraithstrike wrote:
edit:To my knowledge no 3pp is looking at it either, but that can always change.

Little Red Goblin Games has Legendary Levels.

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It's Rise of the Runelords: the side-scrolling adventure!

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Asmodeus is a lying liar who lies. Even when he tells the truth, he's lying. He's the Internet Chuck Norris of lying.

Assume anything that seems too sympathetic is a lie. You'll probably be right. (Unless that's what he wants you to think...)

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DrDeth wrote:
Cleric, Magic User, Fighting-man, Thief.


<old man>Bah, you young people and your "Thief"! It's blatant power creep. Also, we used to be able to search for traps, but now they had to add rules for it, and only these "Thieves" can do it. I blame MMOs. Now get off my lawn...

(Spell slots are per adventure! And all weapons do 1d6 damage!)</old man>

More seriously, I've always wanted to try the Expert/Spellcaster/Warrior generic classes from Unearthed Arcana.

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Evil Midnight Lurker wrote:
But where's the Gonzo Journalist base class?

I was looking for the Gonzo the Great base class, myself.

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James Jacobs wrote:
(see Iomedae's flaw about not having a lot of patience for rabble rousers [...])

We prefer the term "community organizers".

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This has been noted before. Personally, I'm hoping for an AP about it. (Now, where did I put those theses?)

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Jeremy Smith wrote:
Evil Midnight Lurker wrote:
Is the su-monster included?
The what now?

Relevant thread is relevant.

Edit: And I don't know why I keep posting about su-monsters. It's weird.

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Huh. I've never run across anything like that, at least not any time recently. What's the last version you tried? (They're on 6.3.1 or .2 now.)

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If you used PCGen long ago, it's much better now. It has most of the core hardbacks (not Bestiary 4 yet, I think), and many of the other books, as people write them up.

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Nakteo wrote:
Yep, pretty sure Golarion mosquitoes are from the Worldwound. Or at least Hell. Since a relatively small swarm of them can outrun most medium-sized prey, and murder the hell out of said prey in a matter of under 30 seconds.


... Is that a SyFy movie?

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"Still use" XP? You make it sound like getting rid of XP is a logical, natural extension of roleplaying, and that if one "still use[s]" it, one is an immature RPGer. I don't particularly like the implications in that statement.

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thaX wrote:
I want the Soul Knife class and Pyrokinetisist PrC, without the horrid Power Point (Mana) attatchment.

But, neither the soulknife nor the pyrokineticist use power points in their class features. Can't you do that now?

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May I suggest you start a new thread entitled something like "Little Red Goblin is Back!"? It's probably better PR than bumping "Little Red Products Temp. Down" over and over again. :-)

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There is a psionic version of the adept, the augur. It's 3.5, but I don't think the NPC classes changed much from 3.5 to Pathfinder.

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One of the many campaign ideas I have has a spiritual system inspired by athroposophy[1].

There are two superior beings. One is Lucifer, who embodies light, insight, and spirituality; and the other is Ahriman, who embodies darkness, intellectualism, and physicality.

They're both evil. The good path is the path between them.

[1] Actual anthroposophy is more complicated than this.

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Rob Rose wrote:
I don't know your age, but the premise of magic in a high-tech society reminds me of the RPG "Shadowrun" (I think) which was in the 90's. It was set in a futuristic, somewhat cyber-tech society where magic and magical creatures, which had been non-existent for millenia, return to the world. It was a pretty cool setting.


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