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It's strange to me that Paizo is so known for their adventure paths and yet their rules system is not really suited for it- since it's based on D&D. D&D (and therefore Pathfinder) is at it's core basically still a wargame. I like that, but it kind of gets in the way of trying to tell a story about a group of heroes on and epic quest, since there is always the possibly of the story coming to a screeching halt because of a TPK or other problems like- say a failed Survival roll to track the baddies to there lair. Yet Pathfinder still has been and might still be the most popular rpg in the world when there are many games who theoretically do what it's trying to do better.
I, as a player, usually feel cheated when, due to bad luck or an encounter that's just too hard, the character I've put months of effort into, dies. That's when I as a player feel cheated. I have never felt cheated because the DM fudged a roll to let my PC live and continue playing the game. But I get attached to my PC's, maybe other people don't.
I can't get attached to a PC that can't ever die. If my character was going to get to the same point no matter how the game went than what's the point of playing that all out? That's how I feel.
I generally don't change aspects of my adventure design on the fly unless there is a really compelling reason to do so. I'm certainly not going to do it to make sure characters do not die, for instance.
I generally don't fudge unless not doing so would punish a player for nothing but bad luck. If the PCs happen to run across the hardest monster on the dungeon level after a long and arduous expedition, for instance, I might fudge things so that they aren't instantly obliterated and have a chance to escape (but not to let them win). I might substitute a weaker random encounter if I feel that it would be disruptive to the game to have the stronger encounter at that time. Otherwise the dice fall where they may.
I don't really get this. Tracking xp is how you determine when you have accomplished enough to level up. I give it at little at a time because the players have earned that particular amount of xp by accomplishing whatever challenge they overcame to earn that xp in the first place. Only when they have built up enough xp to attain the next level is when they have accomplished enough to attain that level up.
To each his own. I'd much rather have the Plot or story determine levels since we've been caught in two different situations due to the XP system. Either we've leveled too fast and are going through the encounters like a breeze, or we're almost dying because we didn't level fast enough. Going by "plot" or "story" can ensure that the PCs are the right level to make the play challenging but not too challenging.
That's not true, in my games at least, because if you're playing in a player driven game, the PCs decide which challenges to undertake in the first place. If what they are facing is too hard or to easy for that matter it's their own fault. Unless they happen to encounter a monster that is an outlier for the area, but getting into whether the PCs should always face "appropriate" challenges is a whole other can of worms.
I don't think this is the case, at least not in my experience. All the elves I've read about either really are that old, or are, in fact, acknowledged as immature.
I like that ratfolk aren't chaotic evil.
I'm sorry but that isn't a good thing.
Ross Byers wrote:
Okay. That's absurd, but okay.
Ross Byers wrote:
So Ares, Aphrodite, Athena and Poseidon, just for instance, would be demigods in the Pathfinder rules?
Really the idea of gods being untouchable is not as universal as people seem to think. There are instances in mythology where the gods have been bested by mortals. Many mythological deities are certainly not able to just overpower mortals with no effort. How do you determine if a deity can defeat a particular mortal without stats? And don't say "story" because that really only applies in certain kinds of games.
Generic Villain wrote:
it's possible that they're not only in different solar systems, but different planes as well...in which case you'd need magic even beyond the spells currently available, magic that's so far only present in artifacts like Baba Yaga's Dancing Hut, or known by Baba Yaga herself.
Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
"Clear lower levels"? You don't clear levels in a true megadungeon. My interest is quickly evaporating...
It should be when magic is not involved in any way shape or form.
Issac Daneil wrote:
Well actually... plate armor probably should protect against firearms of the same time period. It wasn't until later that rifles made it obsolete. So full-plate arguably should have DR that applies against firearms. Or at least the ability to apply some of it's armor bonus against firearm attacks. Though perhaps the fact that firearms only penetrate within a certain range is already enough to account for this property of plate armor.
I can't agree with that. Getting stabbed hurts, regardless of how many hitpoints you lose. I don't know anyone that enjoys getting stabbed, and neither does my character.
Remember hp loss does not always indicate a solid hit, it can sometimes be a glancing blow or near miss. But getting stabbed definitely does hurt.
"Adamant" as a type of mineral is a concept that long, long predates Wolverine.
I am thinking of running a game where there are two sets of players, each representing a different faction. Not to say that the game will be all about PvP, it's more about seeing how the efforts of the different players will effect the overall conflict between their factions. The PCs might never directly interact, but they exist in the same world and there actions have an impact on the other.
I am also thinking of running this as a hybrid virtual tabletop/play-by-post. The most involved adventures will be running using the virtual tabletop to speed things up, more simple/quick adventures and stuff like downtime will be handled through posts.
Playing odd races is as old as the game itself. In the original Blackmoor campaign player characters included a vampire and a balrog. In fact, the only reason the "classic" races made it into the game is that people wanted to play them. Gary Gygax originally see the point in including the "classic" Tolkien races in the published game.
Ross Byers wrote:
Unfortunately (for them) the ritual apparently takes weeks to complete.
Easy. Back in 1st edition AD&D, monsters sat on treasure. If there was a +1 short sword, the goblins would keep it in a chest because That Was How It Was Done (and the webcomic Goblins made fun of that theme).
There was nothing inherent about old school D&D that made this so. This is more likely a result of the dungeon masters you've known getting better over time.
There's not anything wrong with autistic people, they are just different. Hey, how about make everyone autistic, it'll have about the same results. Heck, in many ways society would be better off. Or we could just change society to make it work better for autistic people, instead of just trying to get rid of us because we're difficult to deal with.
I would like to assemble a list of rumors for a campaign I am planning to run in Varisia. It's supposed to be a sort of sandbox, so I want to give each player some rumors to spur them into seeking adventure. The campaign will begin in Magnimar, so some of the rumors should be local to that city. Any suggestions?