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EPL: about 6ish: before flight preferably. CR of beasty should be fairly high for this level, or should otherwise have good damage migation/extra hitpoints.
type: fight with added skill flavour
background: party is on a heavy chariot, or other armed vehicle.
They're is a huge -f#@~-off monster behind the party. Fortunately, so long as the chariot is always double moving the beast cannot catch up to the party but it can outrun most characters on foot.
the trick to the fight is to remain out of the beast's range while driving the chariot and peppering the beats with arrows/ballista blots from the on-board light ballista.
Season with traps deadfalls, and dangerous terrain to taste.
Bonus: The same but atop a clockwork dragon/colossus.
169: An insanely burly summoner, who picks up his simarly treelike eidolon and beats his opponents to death with it.
170: A tiefling master summoner, riding upon a massive multi-legged serpent, who seeks to bring about the apocalypse.
171: As above, but without master summoner and with a 7-headed dragon.
172: An 8-limbed synthesitist who travels the world, looking for awesome swords to add to his collection.
173: It's unclear weather the eildon or the summoner is in control with this one...
174: A summoner with the arcane bloodline: Sylvain feat, leadership, boon companion, and as many leadership-boosting items as will fit. the Bear, eildon, and companion have crippling cases of sibling rivalry.
Also worth noting the is the feat Raging Throw, which gives bonuses to bull rush attempts, and allow you to deal damage equal to strength mod + con mod to targets that can't be pushed past a wall/their buddies.
Shield slam lets you make a bull-rush attempt every time you make a shield bash.
Seeing my plan here?
Alright. I have an idea for a PFS building involving a Sylvain bloodline sorcerer with boon companion, but I need to nail a few things down first.
1. If I'm a mounted caster, would it be better to max out my companion/myself for melee combat, or to use it as transport while I fling spells and insults from afar?
2. What creatures would be best for the above purposes? For combat I'm thinking either a mammoth, a hippo (with vital strike and it's brothers) or a rhino. Tigers of course are ideal due to pounce, but I'd rather avoid them (not gonzo enough). As for transport mounts a giant snake (various movement modes) a giant gecko (free spider climb), or anything that flies (because durr) would be good.
3. Is it worth cross-blooding, and if so which bloodline? Aberration + various touch attacks and/or polymorphs sounds good, dragon could work, and arcane is just universally useful.
4. What sort of spells/feats would be useful? Enlarge person shared could be fun, as would other form-of spells (by RAW, they still work). Fire breath/burning gaze would he half-decent at low level, as the animal companion could remain mobile while dealing breath damage. Aqueous orb/fire sphere would be great as I could use 2 at once while having my mount move about.
5. Can animal companions take teamwork feats? In a home game it would depend on G.M, but I want to know PFS verdict. Same with style feats/feral combat training.
6. Is their a way to exclude yourself from "every creature adjacent to you/your companion" effects? It would be nice to be able to cast wreath of blades on myself without hurting my mount or vice versa.
Basically this: (except maybe 3: I was not aware of that issue.)
It's probably pretty unlikely for it to happen though.
Also, more variety and option for active defence. And fewer absolutes in defence.
Legend had a similar idea, where horse of minions were stated up like swarms, or one critter with multiple bodies.
I like D&D next's rules for fighters, so that could be something.
I played a Monk :'(
Only a bad idea if you don't optimise it.
I narrowly avoided one mistake like this: Nobody though to bring a shovel when we were attempting to dig up buried treasure.
The good news was that my pregen's eclectic equipment list included one! the bad news was it was less "treasure" and more "watery grave filled to the gills with sharks and fishmen.
A rookie mistake on my party's behalf was a full party of various fighting types... and not a single flaks among them. My character brought 3 of them, but when a spider swarm arrived they were all completely flummoxed, and after a few round of trying to take acid off my rapidly-being-devoured corpse, they fled.
It probably didn't help that I set off a trap that covered me with spider pheromones and so they were targeting me first, but in my defence I used a 10-foot pole to poke it first, so I thought I'd be safe. Ah well.
I had this idea for a build that I think will be fun: abusing dirty trick. Problem is, I can't figure out which class I should use in order to make the most out of it.
Rouge (Sulking slayer):
Lore warden figter:
Which one do you recommend? Or which combination of classes?
Hmmm... so I need to change how I'm house-ruling, then.
edit: My idea for shields:
3. In addition to the A.C bonus, shields now offer a block rating. This equals your A.C (with the shield bonus, as normal)+ the shield bonus again.
If an attack hits A.C but is below your block ratting, it hits the shield instead: Treat it as a sunder attempt, applying hardness, bonuses to destroying objects, ect. as normal. If it's higher than both block-rating and A.C, it hits as normal. Things without shields don't get a block-rating.
An example: Timmy the warrior is wielding a heavy shield and it attacked by Bob the orc. Timmy's normal A.C is 12, with shield, and his block rating is 14. If Bob rolls below that, he misses, as normal. If he rolls 13 (between normal A.C of 12 and block rating of 14), he hits the shield but not Timmy, and deals damage against it with hardness as normal. If Bob rolls above 14, he hits Timmy directly.
Feats that improve your A.C when wielding a shield (like shield focus) also apply to block rating, as does total defence and enhancement bonuses to shields. Not sure whether block rating should be improved by turtle style or other deflection bonuses.
This would change the shield spell so it adds to block rating as well, and things hitting it's block-rating would be trying to break a (very tiny) wall of force.
Critical hits ignore block rating (because they auto-hit, duh), and confirmation rolls just need to hit A.C (The shield bonus to A.C applies as normal, however.)
Not sure where the cut-off-point where a shield no-longer applies this bonus should be. Broken? Destroyed?
Also would it make sense/be unfair if being flanked means that you can't apply block rating (because you can't point it in two directions at once)? Improved uncanny dodge would, of course, prevent that. Being caught flatfooted would also make you loose block rating.
Wow, Thanks for the support!
Anyway, in order.
Maximum distance limited by movement sounds about right.
Also, can't you already use stunning fist as part of a full-attack? Because that's what I mean for the other abilities.
Blake: Umm, I think he's just using nauseated because it's the go-to "can only take a move action" condition. It's a game balance thing.
I don't like the idea too much myself though. I think it will only make the game even more rocket-tag, partially at low levels where every hit-point counts. Sure, they will be vulnerable after the first round but if your foe is already dead that's not much of an issue. Also, at high-levels, being able to cast 3 spells at once sounds like a bit much, even if the wizard is reduce to a move action for a round.
Faith: Good thinking, but I would still like the idea of being to use the steps intermittently between attacks.
In general for the 5-ft-step idea: How can we limit this while still allowing a large array of movement? I've realised that all these 5ft steps will allow a monster to run rings around players with the party being able to slow it. Sure A.O.Os work but then they lock-down too much of the movement in melee, and not doing that is half the point of this houserule.
I was thinking allowing players to take 5-foot-steps as a reaction to this, in order to interpose themselves between the creature and where it wants to go, so long as it was moving out/within their threatened area. if they want to move AWAY from it, however, they have to do it on their own turn.
(Also have an idea for shields but I think the current topic needs more work first.)
I have two ideas for these, and I'm putting them up here for feedback/catching things I haven't considered
1. For every 5 full points of B.A.B, you may take another 5-ft step in any round where you could normally take one. You can take these steps in-between attacks, or consecutively.
Hopefully this will result in more movement in combat, partially full-B.A.B ones who need the help for mobility while full-attacking.
1b. TWF, I.TWF, and G.TWF give an additional 5ft step along with their additional attack. Likewise, a monk with flurry gets five-foot steps as if he had full B.A.B and the above feats
Partially there because the stereotype of dual-wielders is that they're the fast ones, partially to make it worth the feat investment, and mostly because the monk is supposed to be hyper-mobile but couldn't flurry and BE mobile at the same time.
2. All attack-feats that were standard actions to use (Cleave, awesome blow, ect.) are now attack actions, but each can be used only once/round.
This means that a dragon, for ensample, could use a vital-strike bite, an awesome-blow claw, and a great cleaving tail swipe all in the same full attack.
The exception to this is spring attack (because I can't figure out how the hell that would work in a full attack) but you could use great Cleave + spring attack simultaneously, for example.
Also former attack actions (like stunning fist and perfect strike) can all be used on the same attack simultaneously. For instance a monk with the appropriate feats could make a stunning elemental punishing perfect strike.
Again, the purpose is to make full attacks more interesting/flexible, and to buffer their power up a bit. Might make vital strike too powerful, though seeing as it is now a zero-cost damage increase: and monsters tend to have better damage die than P.Cs.
Thoughts? Comments? Critique? What will this affect, both melee and the game as a whole?
I would just like to ask what do you think about the mammoth-lord prestige class which gives you a mammoth instead of a horse with all the bonuses that would imply.
How many levels of it would you suggest? We won't be a very good caster with it, but on the other hand there are some very nice bonuses near the end of the track, and we can still get to level 10 ranger (with all the benefits that implies, including instant enemy)
Just a few questions:
I have a few questions along these lines.
1) Can you use ranged-spellstrike and spell combat? Would you need quickdraw to do so? For instance, could you make a full-attack with a bow and then use this? Or attack one foe with a full-attack and then use ranges spell-strike on a foe behind you, provied you were willing to take the A.O.E?
2) Can you use ranged-spellstrike with a throwing weapon, I.E a throwing knife?
3) Can you use the imbume spell power of the arcane archer with spell-combat?
Hmmm... Think I will play a gnome, storm lord Druid.
He will be an ambassador for some sort of ministry of elemental/natural affairs, I reckon.
Maybe a society or group of societeies made of elemental beings and like-minded casters seeking to find a balance between the technological revolution and it's influences on nature?
Ah, just curious.
And the inquisitor thing could still work. Just play wizards, alchemists, and sorcerers. No Witches here! ;D
Another question; what will combat be like? At what distance?
Also, could using a huge shield work? Sort of like a riot shield?
I think I will wait for more ideas before choosing a concept.
I like the look of this. Are there demihumans?
More importantly, are their traits, and if so, can I take rich parents? I would like to play a siege mage, with a ballista, a scholarship, and little sanity.
Edit: or something more steampunky or gunpowdered, so long as it's in the price range. Also, why aren't you using cheaper versions of ultimate combat guns?
So, I was asking about making a blaster Qinggong monk on another message board and I was wondering:
Seeing as a monk's robe increases your effective monk level for other abilities, would it do the same for this monk's S.L.A caster levels? And would a necklace of Ki serenity do the same thing?
I kinda think I’m grasping at straws here, but I wanna be sure.
I have a Few questions about seige weapons and Large creatures.
Ultimate Combat wrote:
How exactly does this work? Can a large creature only carry a cannon around like a two-handed weapon, or can he shoot it like a nomal two-handed gun? If so, can he use feats that normally only affect two-handed guns?
Q32: Is their any way to load a siege weapon faster? Does counting as four crewmembers for being large allow you to load and aim as if you were 4 guys?