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"Sir, the possibility of successfully attacking through that Ioun Stone field is approximately three thousand seven hundred and twenty to one!"

"Never tell me the odds!"


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Remember how World of Warcraft had nationwide TV spots just a few years ago?

Now... Not so much. It's so expensive that Blizzard, only at the HEIGHT of WoW market penetration, could afford them, and now that they've dropped like 4 or 5 million users...


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sowhereaminow wrote:
Kaiju versus Spawn of Rovagug. Why is this not a card game/board game put out by Paizo? Just wondering...

"King of Kasai?" ;)

Where Mogaru, the Tarrasque, and Unity in a Colossal Annihilator Robot all battle for the center circle on a game board!

I think Iello Games might look a little perturbed... ;)


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HectorVivis, are you the DM? If so, that should be all the info you need :)

If not, then i would just posit bobbobbob's quote and let him or her make up their mind.

If it's PFS play, chances are the PFS DM is going to go with shadowdancer level, due to that quote.

I thought the Ninja class said that ninjas could take rogues talents, but not vice versa. Perhaps i misread that.


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Something else to note: Lisa and Vic in past practice has shown that they are very cautious about expansion, and has tried to avoid expanding the company past a certain point (i think she originally said 50 employees?) so that it didn't become so big she and Vic couldn't manage it themselves. Paizo has also shown they're very careful in not assuming future growth trends will continue - both TSR and Wizards made similar mistakes, TSR in assuming tabletop gaming would continue to expand in the late 80s and 90s the way it had in the early 80s, and Wizards in assuming that "Pokemon-cash" would continue in the 2000s. Heck, TSR had fleets of company cars, investments in all sorts of small companies that didnt pan out, etc.

With Goblinworks, they started a small company, but have been careful not to invest it with Paizo money (they've said), and they've been pretty conservative with the Adventure card game so far. If Paizo declines or falls, I dont think it will be because they overestimated the market or had frivolous capital investments.


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Drejk wrote:
BigDTBone wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:

Our Community Guidelines did recently change, but they do say this:

Illegal Activity
Do not advocate or disclose intent to commit illegal activities on paizo.com. This includes (but is not limited to) posts that encourage fraud, piracy, or violence.

Wait, what?
How will we advocate goblin kobold orc genocide without encouraging violence?!

I say that I shall not stand for this, sirs! My grandpappy was a murder-hobo in the Pomarj, my pappy was a murder-hobo in Neverwinter Wood, and i'll be a murder-hobo wand'ring the Varisian backlands 'till the day I'm an owlbear's dinner!

The Andoran Salute to you, sir!


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Speaking as a moderator of a fairly popular forum for about 7 years, moderators DO have lives outside of their forums, and people really should cut them some slack. A better way to phrase a concern is not a blanket, "oh, do the rules not apply to violators any more???" but more a kind note directly to those concerned saying something like, "Hi, insert-name-here, I know things are busy, just wanted to make sure this didn't escape your notice, <link inserted here>; you're doing a great job, carry on."

Because moderators appreciate kind words, when the plurality of comments they usually get from the general populace is "you suck at your job" every half hour.


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Don't forget, this is the "advanced" class guide. They put mechanics in here that would be a little more convoluted or unwieldy than what you would find otherwise, it's the nature of the book. Wizards that can switch spells at the last minute, non-spellcasters that get to add magical effects to other feats, the various "amateur" feats, etc. Therefore, complaints about unwieldy rules and non-streamlined abilities don't surprise me.


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LessPopMoreFizz wrote:

Master Chymist is covered in all of the Alchemist guides; since Alchemists are the only class that can qualify, there's no real reason for it to have a guide of it's own.

It's fairly popular, and (at least as a 3 level dip, if not a full 10 levels), very strong.

i played 1 master chymist back in 2011, and had a grand time, but as noted its advice is under alchemist guides, and its only useful if you intend to become a front line combatant, really. (A little use with "mad bomber" builds but mainly for "mr. Hydes".)

My alchemist eventually died to the Crimson Throne AP, but the roleplaying aspects of someone who can't control the results of their dangerous experimentation with alchemy is fantastic. ;)


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Thanks to everyone here for several great ideas that I hadn't thought about before! (Particularly the crane style and shot on the run ideas!) I may well go the toughness route, but crane style won't be far behind - especially since it didn't occur to me that crane style and total defense would net me a stunning +7 to AC in desperate times..


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CKorfmann wrote:

The only prerequisites for this are Point Blank Shot, Precise Shot, and BAB of +6. Where do you see that it can't be taken until level 9?

Namely, the BAB of +6, because a zen archer only has a +5 at level 7. Same reason I would have to wait for level 7 for martial flexibility. Believe me, clustered shots is already planned for level 9. :)


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I'm sure you've heard the story but...

Spoiler:
A young boy in China left his poor village in the country to apply to become a monk at the famed Shaolin Temple.
He was interviewed and tested by the senior monk and was finally accepted as a junior monk. His first night at the temple the boy could hardly contain his excitement. He dreamed of learning fabulous sword forms and acrobatics...he couldn’t wait for his first lesson the next day.
When the next day finally arrived, he was ordered by the chief instructor to carry a large wooden pail down the mountainside to a stream, fill it with water, and bring it back up to the temple. The boy did as instructed. “Good,” said the instructor. “Now stand beside the bucket and with your palm slap the surface of the water. Repeat that until there is no water left.”
The boy again did as instructed. He felt perhaps he was being punished, or tested to see if he had the perseverance and discipline to train as a Shaolin monk. After just a few minutes his palm was red and burning from slapping the water but he continued until all the water was gone.
“Good,” said the instructor. “Now go get another bucket of water and do it again.”
This went on all day, and to the boy’s horror the next day, too. Then the next day, and the next... and soon weeks and months were going by and all the boy did was carry the big bucket of water and slap all the water out of it.
After a year the Buddhist holidays arrived and the head monk called the young boy into his office. “Young man, you’ve been here for a year. Now I want you to take a break and visit your family for the holidays. I’ve notified them that you’re coming, and I’ll expect you back here in two weeks to resume your training.”
When the villagers got word that the young Shaolin monk was returning they were overjoyed and decided to hold a big celebration in his honor. When the boy arrived at his village he discovered a huge banner over the main road welcoming him home, and he found that the villagers had roped off an area in the village square for a celebration in his honor. His pride at returning as a Shaolin monk quickly faded as he realized they wanted him to demonstrate his martial arts skills in the roped off area.
He told the excited villagers that he preferred not to but they insisted and wouldn’t take no for an answer. The humiliation grew in the young boy: Indeed he had been made a fool of by the head instructor. In a whole year he hadn’t learned any martial arts at all. Now he was about to lose face in front of his entire village.
The villagers dragged him to the head table and yelled and shouted and urged him to show them some real Shaolin kungfu. He stood motionless with tears welling in his eyes and his face reddening, ashamed to tell the villagers that he had learned nothing. Finally the frustration grew to be too much.
“Leave me be,” screamed the boy as he slammed his hand down on the table.
Everyone stood silent and wide-eyed for several moments... and then they all broke out into a loud applause. When he slammed his hand down he had broken the thick stone table right in half!
Copied from http://www.thepeacefuldragon.com/lessons/patience.pdf

A greatsword can't break a stone table in half, even in most legends, but the legendary features of most shaolin monks get quasi-mystical with their abilties, just as legendary ninjas do, with the invisibility, water walking, water breathing, etc.

From a mechanics standpoint, it just attempts to keep their damage tallys on par with other martials - whether it succeeds or needs redesign is a WHOLE other topic.


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LazarX wrote:

You're a Zen Archer.

You're not getting pity from ANYONE. :)

True, to be born an elf is to be blessed by the gods, and one should strive not to take dim view of others not so beloved by the universe... I certainly understand. ;)

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First off you took rich parents so you aren't a poor Zen archer.
Kidding aside, I would never have started with a 10 con in the first place, but since you have already I'd take the toughness. Also are you rolling for hit points? Because if not it looks like you should have 3 more (9 first level, 6 for each additional. 9+6x3= 27). If you do lots of damage, and as a Zen archer you usually do, then you will frequently find yourself a high priority target to the villains. If you're also squishy, then you'll find yourself dead very quickly.

True, to be born an elf is to be blessed, etc. etc... I took rich parents to start with a kickass masterwork mighty composite bow, which upped my survival for the first three levels tremendously.

As for the hit points, it's our table rule, half hit die round down instead of up.

I'm not really doing tons of damage, the dice have been very unkind the past few sessions, but i also have twice been within an inch of death, which is what's got me thinking toughness instead of more attack or damage bonuses.


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...and please help me select my next feat. :)

I've been very happy with the way my Elven Zen Archer 4 has been working out lately in a Carrion Crown-inspired horror game i'm playing in. I'm not playing him as a monk, per se, My theme is essentially Legolas, a very "elfy" elf, disdainful of all cultures but elven ones, etc. as a zen archer, my feat path is very laid out for me, but at this point i have some leeway with my level 5 and 7 feats, and thought to ask for some advice. The build is below:

Male Elf Monk (Zen Archer) 4; LN Medium humanoid (elf); Init +2; Senses low-light vision; Perception +12
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Defense
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AC 18, touch 17, flat-footed 15 (+1 armor, +2 Dex, +1 dodge, +4 untyped)
hp 24 (4d8+4)
Fort +5, Ref +7, Will +8; +2 vs. enchantments
Immune sleep
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Offense
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Speed 40 ft.
Melee unarmed strike +5 (1d8+2)
Ranged +1 adaptive composite longbow +8 (1d8+3/×3)
Special Attacks flurry of blows, ki flurry, ki speed, ki strike, magic, zen archery
Spell-Like Abilities (from envoy trait) (CL 4th; concentration +3)
1/day—comprehend languages, detect magic, detect poison, read magic
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Statistics
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Str 14, Dex 15, Con 10, Int 12, Wis 16, Cha 8
Base Atk +3; CMB +5; CMD 22
Feats Deadly Aim, Dodge, Improved Unarmed Strike, Perfect Strike[APG], Point Blank Master[APG], Point-Blank Shot, Precise Shot, Weapon Focus (longbow)
Traits ease of faith, rich parents
Skills Acrobatics +9, Climb +6, Craft (bows) +5, Diplomacy +5, Escape Artist +6, Perception +12, Sense Motive +9, Stealth +9; Racial Modifiers +2 Perception
Languages Common, Elven, Sylvan
SQ weapon familiarity, fast movement, hero points, ki archery, ki defense, ki pool, slow fall, unarmed strike
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So far, hit points are low due to low con, so i thought about toughness, but it seems rather suboptimal. I also thought of arcane strike, but due to most of my ki powers taking a swift also to activate, i might have a conflict there. I wish i had one more BAB so i could take Martial Flexibility at 5th, but it's good enough to wait for 7th. :) i have all the essential feats listed in the various class guides, so i was at a loss what i'm missing feat-wise.

So, i entreat the advice mavens of the forums, what are my best choices for 5th and 7th? Thank you in advance!


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Oh, WOW! It feels like Firefly got renewed! :)

Glad to see a new episode from you guys!


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Tels wrote:
ENHenry wrote:
As for Kess... Now THAT'S my kind of woman! Kind of reminds me of my wife's approach. :)
Did your Wife clobber you over your head, and drag you to the bedroom while declaring herself 'married and ceremony be damned'? Because that's the kind of thing I picture Kess doing.

I dunno -- memory of the honeymoon's a little hazy...


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As for Kess... Now THAT'S my kind of woman! Kind of reminds me of my wife's approach. :)


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Insain Dragoon wrote:
She just happens to have a psychological need to fight and possibly kill, no biggie! At least she has positive channels for her needs in Golarian.

Congratulations, you've just described every murder hobo... Err, "adventurer" in every D&D game I've ever heard of. ;)

Those of you who've played a whole campaign with your party avoiding all fights wherever possible, and who've never killed anyone in an adventure path, please raise your hands?

That way I'll know to avoid those players and games so I don't fall asleep at their table.


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I am thinking of pursuing the Evangelist PRC for a follower of the deity Alseta, and should my DM allow it, I'm pretty sure we can come up with the mechanical boons needed by comparison mix/match, but I'm having trouble visualizing an obedience ritual of complexity appropriate to the other rituals given. Does anyone have some suggestions for such a deific obedience ritual?

For that matter, I think it would be a good exercise of fan generated content to come up with ritual flavor for all of the "demi-deities" from Inner Sea Gods, so as to spread ideas for more than just the 20 deities that get the most TLC in golarion. :)


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Sister Sunshine wrote:

Does anyone have any tales of glory for the Dawnflower? Or any ideas how to twist known to add a Healing Light twist to something existing?

I have an idea about the scorpion and the frog fable (saying that we should emulate the frog, trust in the goodness of others to our dying breath) but it makes me feel like she is saying: "Hey, be completely naive even if it kills you!"

Any ideas?

Thanks!

First, I'm not sure what this has to do with "The Book of Dirty Tricks"?

Second, have you read the following articles?

Meet Kyra, Iconic Cleric
http://paizo.com/paizo/blog/2007/july#v5748eaic9kog

Sarenrae Article on Pathfinder Wiki:
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:cBEFrFkcTlIJ:pathfinde r.wikia.com/wiki/Sarenrae+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
(at the time I posted the above link, I could not get to the original page, but could get to the cached page of it on Google.com)

Hopefully, these might inspire some more insight.

Past this, you could twist the story as Kyra would; namely, give the evil a chance to redeem ONCE, then slaughter them as irredeemable.


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Congrats, Paizo Staff -- Iron Gods and related products will finally coax me out of my subscription torpor, and it didn't even take a Diablerie to do it. :)


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Absalom isn't New York, or Jerusalem, or Byzantium - it's Hong Kong! From the government structures, to the ties to an old fractured empire and current multinational ties, to the governor and ruling councils, even the orientation of the harbor ( pretty close to mirror inverse of Hong Kong aerial photos). About the only thing missing is a flotsam perimeter defense on the harbor :) and just like Absalom, everyone wants a piece of Hong Kong..

Nothing would be a perfect match of course, but there's a lot to recommend more than just a passing influence on the City at the Center of the World.


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Pnakotus Detsujin wrote:
There are too many evil outsiders around golarion, and there is almost no reason such creature havent totally consumed the planet except for plot convinience.

Ignoring the "plot convenience" and "it's a literary construct so that player groups will have lots of choice of prefab evil to fight" arguments for a moment...

All the source material neglects a glaring balancing factor of the disparity you mention -- namely, the number of adventurers in the world.

Assuming we have 250,000 Pathfinder Players in our universe, that equates to give or take Sixty Thousand 4- to 5- member adventuring groups, of widely varying power levels in Golarion, most of them unaware of one anothers' presence. Now, even accounting for not all of those groups active in the same parallel world-versions of Golarion, or travelling to and from other planes and planets, that's more than enough to make up for the Celestial Disparity you note. All those Pathfinder Society games? same world. And surely of every game group out there, there are a few on the same world, and just not aware of one another as noted above.

In summary, there's plenty of reasons why the disparity really doesn't exist -- if you don't want it to.

However, as popular tradition goes, we all enjoy stories where someone displays courage in the face of overwhelming odds and still wins, even at great cost.


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Also, didn't see this point above except in passing, but Paizo has a history of taking figures from Myth, Legend, and History, and making them into major figures of the setting. To me, it's more inspiring to have "Asmodeus", or "Baba Yaga", or "The Jersey Devil," or "Jack the Ripper" as a main villain than "Kibba-Bibbi the Fierce," or "Jubilex the Faceless." There's no copyright, they strike a known legendary chord with the player base, and there are THOUSANDS of years' worth in human culture to draw from.


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Dammit, first, Paizo goes fully Incorporated, and now has Baba Yaga as a Developer! What's next - The Headless Horseman in PR, and Spring-Heeled Jack in Typesetting?


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New supplement for Paizo, Inc:

Lisa "Scheherazade" Stevens,

or

A Thousand and One Paizoninan Nights


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Oh, yes - what I don't get:

Trying to "change and improve" significant others - it makes Sisyphus look like a Man with a Plan

The appeal of "Reality TV" - I understand that Schadenfreude is the main component, but its like Pro Wrestling without at least the wink and acknowledgement that its all fake...


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EntrerisShadow wrote:


Things I do not get:

-How anybody could enjoy the program 'Dads' enough that it survived past the pilot

-How we first discovered that pineapples are edible. That is a fruit that seems to shout in big bold spines, "DO NOT TOUCH ME"

-The intelligent people I know who are also religious fundamentalists

Dads - it's more of the same crude humor of Family Guy. Seth macfarlane is, dare i say it, an acquired taste. :D

Pineapple - my theory is that, if it exists, a human has tried to eat it, shoot it, or have sex with it - or sometimes all three. Just like we figured out pineapples, coconuts, and psychedelic mushrooms, we also figured out from the Darwin Awards that eating nightshade is deadly, live crocodiles don't make good sex toys, and flinging yourself from a trebuchet is a bad idea.

Religious fundamentalism - contrary to conventional opinion, devout belief and scientific curiosity aren't mutually exclusive - otherwise, we wouldn't have Newtonian physics, genetic theory or certain key theories of electromagnetism (or we'd have had them much later than we did). It takes all kinds, and most importantly people understanding that ignorance and stubbornness is not the exclusive province of any group - idiots abound from Sea to Shining Sea. :)


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Ambitious, i'll say that for you. :) why not crib from the best - Star Wars?

First AP - puts them on the run and introduced to one another when they fall into possession of an artifact that Taldor desperately wants, that could spell the end of something incredibly powerful for the empire - say, awakening a powerful beast asleep under the capital city like the tarrasque? They are chased by increasingly powerful foes in service to the god-king, until they actually find the means at say 6th level or so to enter the city and use it, unleashing Holy Hell on Taldor by damaging the seat of its power and causing the god king to be out of commission while he fights to put the genie back on the bottle (or destroy it).

Second and third AP - the god king send some of his best agents after the PCs at their home base while he regenerates from expending all that energy. Its a series of totally lopsided combats that teach the PCs the value of escape plans as they need to find and rebuild a new base. Eventually, they discover that he god king is not who he says he is - but they find an ancient tome/ Azlanti knowledge sphere / aboleth memory crystal that shows that he is an Aboleth plot to reclaim mankind as ultimate servitor. They also uncover a device (or Mythic power if you want to get crazy) that can challenge the god king or smack him down to their level to have a hope of beating him.

Final AP - they put their plan in motion only to find out that god king or the Aboleth have put their plan in motion to wipe out home base and all vestiges of resistance at the same time. Final showdown involving Angels, cthulhoid star spawn, gugs, tindalos hounds and other Lovecraftian horrors roaming the streets, while the heroes take on the god king who is about CR+4 to make the outcome a 50/50 shot win or lose.


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vyshan wrote:
I wonder if Razamir himself honestly thinks he is a god or if he knows he is not a god.

It's been quoted in the inner sea world guide that Razmir is searching for a sun orchid elixir for himself, because he's getting old by now (it says he took power 47 years ago, so i'm guessing he's in his 70s or 80s now) so if he has at one time believed his own BS by now, he's had a hard wake up call in the form of arthritis, sagging skin, and a prostate the size of a grapefruit. ;)


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Howie23 wrote:

There are places in the rules where the use of paragraph breaks aren't the best. Some of these are inherited from 3.5.

I understand the -2 AC to apply once the charge action is initiated.

Just looking at RAW, it would seem to indicate that the AC penalty is after the attack; however from a "gleaning rules as intended" standpoint (and the way i play it) is that it and the bonus apply at the same time, just like fighting defensively.

Looking at it another way, you're effectively running at the target (covering half the distance of a run in your turn) so your defenses while charging are going to be lower, similar to the way your defenses are lower during a run action.


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Selgard wrote:

As an aside- Pixies are small size and have little issue chugging potions.

However I do love the mental image of some poor little fae, battered and bleeding, trying to lift up a potion bottle nearly as tall as they are and wondering how on earth they are gonna consume all that liquid.

Maybe just pour it into a thimble and take a bath in the CLW :)

-S

By definition, potion bottles are only about 2 cubic inches, so unless the faerie's only 6 inches tall, it would be like slugging a Big Gulp cup to them :)


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I have a question that I've never thought about, but just realized I might have been doing this wrong for years.

Regarding the various wall spells ( wall of fire, ice, force, iron, etc.) - how should those be placed on a grid? Should they be placed on the grid lines between squares, or should they be placed IN the squares (in other words, taking up space?) The Magic chapter doesn't give clear "wall" area of effect guidance that I can find, and the individual spells dont specify thickness in most cases, only length. (giggity.) Further, googling conversations about wall spells didnt get me much either -- only discussions about how overpowered or underpowered they were.

In particular, wall of fire is the one I'm focused on, as it might come up in a future game, but I was hoping i'd just missed some clear rulings somewhere.

Thanks in advance!

EDIT: ok, cant believe i missed the part in wall of fire that mentions "casting it where a person is standing" :o but still wish there was a mention of wall placements explicitly in the magic chapter.


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I don't know if it made it into pathfinder, but there was a rule in original 3E that offered a Re-roll if the attribute bonus was below a certain total. I think it was either + 4 or +6.

Either way those stats could make a perfectly playable character as shown above, but it sounds like you want something out of the game experience that the DM is unwilling to give. Only you can say if it was worth it to play with the group regardless or not.


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Good luck with the revamp! My suggestions:

1) paladin for the ardent sounds like a good choice; the healing power's not the same, but keeping in mind things like wands and potions are more common by default, it shouldn't be too bad.

2) for the tiefling, going with tie fling sorcerer with the infernal pact will give you the blasting power, combined with the right flavor. He won't be as good as the warlock class is ( in pathfinder, there really isn't a pure blaster Mage class) but he will be able to do a lot of destruction with an infernal flair. Also, adamant entertainment released a pretty faithful port of the warlock to pathfinder;
http://www.d20pfsrd.com/classes/3rd-party-classes/adamant-entertainment/war lock

Since you are the dm, you could see if this would work and tweak according and offer to the player.


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*Looks at the new spell that just moved in next door*

Aw, crap. Well, there goes the neighborhood. ;)

James Jacobs wrote:

...the appearance of this spell should NOT be taken, necessarily, as a hint of things to come or of Paizo's goal to replicate the infamous orb spells or to further destroy the school of evocation.

That all said... thanks a ton for the feedback! It's super helpful! :-)

James, thanks for the clarification! I'm not one for spells that let Conjuration take Evocation's lunch money, especially where things like spell resistance are concerned, but I understand it's worth testing the waters. Just put this one gamer's vote as 100% against the trend.


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Sean K Reynolds wrote:


3) I guess you don't want a developer to be involved in this discussion. Okay.

Sean, come back! We need you, oh great O.B.M.! :)

More seriously, I do like experiments with new mechanics now and again -- it makes for more spice to the game. Not necessarily "every month", but "every year" is pretty cool -- something Paizo seems to have learned already through slowing down on new rule systems with every Adventure Path.

Do we need them? No. But then, we don't NEED more than "Fighter, Spellcaster, and Skill-person," either. But we have Monks, Clerics, Paladins, Sorcerers, etc. and they apparently aren't in question in this thread. In my opinion, it wasn't until the Advanced Player's Guide that Paizo proved that Pathfinder was more than just "tweaked D&D" -- they made it distinct enough to be their own thing at that point.


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Starcoffin wrote:
My only issue with all of the new base classes is that the Magus made the archtype Eldritch Knight next to useless.

My take on it is that the Magus made the "warrior-mage" concept viable, and which the Eldritch Knight Prestige Class started, but couldn't finish. The PRC took too long to realize the concept of an effective warrior-mage, and was too cautious in offering benefits that were commensurate with another character of equivalent level who had persevered that long.

With Magus, at least, he feels like a practitioner of sword and spell from level 1 onward in my opinion; with the EK, you wade through 6 levels of mediocrity to get to powers at 16th level that he should have had at 10th. I always wanted to like the Eldritch Knight, but it was a "too little too late" sort of thing.


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Do you ladies and gents at Paizo ever get tired of being awesome?
It's gotta be a grueling life. ;)


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Gluttony wrote:
blackbloodtroll wrote:
So, why not Still Spell?

Still Spell on a spontaneous caster in this situation means that practically everything has to be cast as a full-round action. Not to mention that since she's multiclassing it won't do her much good until at least 6th level (when she gets her 2nd level spell slots). It's a bit of a hassle.

I assume she likely will get the feat anyway though.

I don't think there are any rules against this, but why not go with a double weapon instead of two weapons? When you spell cast (which needs one hand free) just hold the weapon in one hand (shift from wielding to just holding) and cast at no loss of actions. Heck, if a wizard can do it with a staff, you can do it with a double-bladed sword or axe. All it costs are a couple of feats maximum to be proficient with it.


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Not sure which thread to apply this to (I don't see one by itself just about the comic itself) but I just bought and read the first issue. This may be the first regular comic book I've decided to collect in 20 years. In other words, great work, Jim Zub and Dynamite, and good job, Paizo.


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The term XP has been around as long as D&D itself. It's been used since at least 1st edition, and probably original D&D before that.


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JohnF wrote:
Winter_Born wrote:
There are iOS and Android apps that do this.
Fixed that for you

Only problem is that most of these app developers aren't adding in material in a timely fashion, or aren't making them efficiently searchable. I'd pay some serious money for a full text searchable PRD from paizo or another company - at least 20 bucks or so. I own several versions of ios and android apps, as well as most of the paizo PDFs, but would love basically an offline version of the d20pfsrd that was up to date and equally searchable.

Probably the best one so far is the PFRPG rd for iPhone / iPad - but still has a few limits to its search index, and hasn't seen an update since February.


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You missed the best one -- 20th level Greater Magic Fang potion. It has a version that lets you buff one natural attack at +5. So:

Alchemist with the Discovery to give claw and bite attacks to his mutagenic form

1. Drink Mutagen, gain Claw/Claw/Bite
Alchemical Allocation --> Gargle Magic Fang
Alchemical Allocation --> Gargle Magic Fang
Alchemical Allocation --> Gargle Magic Fang

You get +5 to attacks and damage in the same day, all from the same re-gargled potion, to your claw, claw, AND bite, for 20 hours a day.

This particular piece of cheese has been around for about a year and a half now, I believe. :)


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Erik Mona wrote:

Beyond issues of pronunciation, the only time I've seen the name confused was at a magazine distributor conference, where everyone wanted to call us "Paizano," the company that apparently publishes Easy Rider.

I wonder if anyone nicknamed "Goggles" works there? :)


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Mistwalker wrote:

1) How do the Aranea get their opium? They have been there for 60 years. Any supply brought with them should have been used up long ago.

2) How do the Aranea and the Hobgoblins get slaves? Noburo, a kami spirit (looks to be pretty powerful, 123 HP, fast heal 5, but no beastiary 3 yet, so some details missing) guards the clearing.

1) A number of ways -- evil traders, grown somewhere nearby, etc. In fact, I'd almost prefer it NOT to have an answer -- in real life, there are some things that don't make sense on cursory examination, and it should only come up if the PCs capture and interrogate The lead Aranea or his bodyguards, anyway.

2) Reading this last night, Noburo doesn't guard the Pagoda -- the pagoda is actually about a mile from where the clearning actually is. There's a section that says that Miyaro can guide the PCs from the clearing to the Pagoda, but that she'll wait at the clearing with the caravan.

The Kami collectively guard the Pagoda, but the divine laws don't say anything about the Oni's Hobgoblin servants, only the Oni themselves. Kami are apparently funny that way, with the whole "letter of the law" kind of thing.


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For another suggestion for the Linnorm Kings, I'd suggest:
Sequentia: from Edda

The whole CD "Edda - Myths from medieval Iceland" sounds quite promising.

For me, I'd want something more indicative of the music of the actual inhabitants of the setting, rather than modern-sounding "Viking Death-Metal."


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Yep, $20.00 for total bill. Nice thing is, you get the PDF also, same release day. I have to say, having the PDF as well as the print product is really, really nice, and as I plan to run this at some point next year, that helps to keep me from having to print out the PDF on my cheap printer.

Oh, and the 15% off purchases is kinda addictive. :) It alone has given me incentive to make a purchase I otherwise wouldn't have. I used to buy through amazon, but their biggest problem this whole year has been that it could be up to two months before amazon even gets the product in-stock lately -- their channel is kinda sucking.


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sunshadow21 wrote:
A 2E wizard and a 3E wizard could for the most part do the same things. They used slightly different spells to do so, but assuming you took the time to convert the spells appropriately you could convert a 2E wizard to a 3E wizard and still maintain the overall capabilities. Certain specific builds wouldn't work, but overall, the class remained the same in what it did and how it did it. Same goes for the majority of classes. Going to 4E was a whole different ball game. Casters got shredded, and even the martial classes underwent significant fundamental changes to what they were designed to do and how. Conceptually, it is a completely different game because it makes completely different assumptions at very basic levels. So in this case it is possible to say objectively the feel of the game changed; it did so because the underlying assumptions changed, and with those changes, everything else followed. Going from 2E from 3E, the changes were less conceptual and more surface mechanics.

I'd have to say that 3E Wizards had similar vast changes from 2E Wizards, and subsequently 4E Wizards from them.

2E Wizards could flash-fry a kobold warren with a single 3rd level spell (33,000 cubic feet); they could flatten a foe with a conjured horse (the rule about flat surfaces wasn't in place yet);they could flatten people with walls of iron, or end a fight with walls of force or hold person (the save once or die problem).

While the base class didn't change (d4's, terrible THACO, and no armor and poor weapons), the capabilities did. With 4E wizards, the base class didn't change much (lowest tier hit points, no armor and poor weapons), but the spells are what once again made the class play very differently. The biggest difference is the removal of "Wizard as high damage blaster," which seems in my experiences at the table to be the biggest insult that 4E perpetrated on players of Wizards everywhere. The ones who do love the 4E wizard, LOVE the buffed up ability to be status-control kings of the battlefield.


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Two months ago, I watched an Unbreakable Fighter/Paladin stand tall where the other three-quarters of the party fled one of the "end-bosses" in Carrion Crown. We all peed our jammies, and he made the save. He continued to stand and fight the thing until our panic faded, and in the end stood remaining with -11 hit points, single-digit con, and had managed to deliver the final blow on the thing. We had to perform major surgery (read: lesser restorations and cure wounds spells) afterwards, but the features of unbreakable allowed him to stand against a very punishing foe, and prevail.

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