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Thank you. This is water that is almost a year under the bridge. It's easy to see things in hind sight. I will let my friend ( the other caster) know what you all have suggested.

Thanks

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I have a quick question.

I was playing in eyes of the ten last year. One of our opponents was casting a spell. After a successful spell craft roll to identify the spell as a fire ball, One of the other casters in the group said I cast Emergency Force Shield. The GM ruled that the emergency force shield wouldn't form in time to protect the party from a fire ball.

What do you all think?

Thank you

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I for one think the Core is a brilliant idea. Now I can only speak for myself.

I have done allot of GMing, served as a VC for Vermont, I have played almost everything. Luckily I have been invited into a couple of home games I was beginning to lose some interest in PFS. For me this has perked my interest in PFS again.

I think and It may have been mentioned up thread.....that this will provide a way for veteran players to get together with new players and play together at the same table.

With the Core campaign, it puts veteran and new players on much more of a level playing field.

From the GM's perspective the core campaign is much more manageable. And its optional.

So all in all i think the core campaign is a good idea, and I am interested in it.

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I will strongly discourage people from using electronic dice rolling programs at my table. I feel that I as a GM have the right to say that I would not like electronic dice rollers at my table.

Every so often there are exceptions, but as a rule I dislike them, and do not want them at my table.

I have noticed that when people are using their electronic tablet/ipad / android / iphone....lap top etc with a program on it, they simply poke it and announce their result. There is no build up no anticipation to what they have rolled. In general, i have noticed these players are a little less engaged with the table.

Where as with dice, people are more interested in what their fellow players roll, especially the roll is made in the center of the table. Everybody is thrilled when someone rolls a 20, confirms a critical etc.....or groans in sympathy when someone rolls a 1 and their character fails their reflex check and misses the rope as they fall....or fail their saving throw.

So when someone shows up with an electronic dice roller and no dice. I am considerate enough to offer one of my own sets of dice which I keep just for this purpose.

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I believe there is an arch type in the advanced class guide that lets a Magus cast spontaneously with the bard's spells known progression per level.

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Lisa Stevens wrote:
Gaskon wrote:
ElyasRavenwood wrote:
By contrast they have been a bit frustrated with PFO. They mentioned going into a dungeon and having a good time killing monsters. But they were a bit irritated when their characters, weakened after fighting in the dungeon were ambushed by someone who was playing an assassin class and waiting to rob them at the mouth of the dungeon when they came out.
Are you sure they are playing Pathfinder Online? Currently there are no dungeons in PFO.

Yeah, I have to agree. What your friends are describing can NOT be PFO because they are describing something that isn't in the game yet.

-Lisa

Lisa,

thank you for taking the time to answer. As I just said to Gaskon, this conversation is now over a month in the past. And I'm now not entirely sure if they mentioned dungeon or killing monsters. Now I'm not really sure which they said.

Again thank you for taking the time to answer,

Myles Crocker

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Gaskon wrote:
ElyasRavenwood wrote:
By contrast they have been a bit frustrated with PFO. They mentioned going into a dungeon and having a good time killing monsters. But they were a bit irritated when their characters, weakened after fighting in the dungeon were ambushed by someone who was playing an assassin class and waiting to rob them at the mouth of the dungeon when they came out.
Are you sure they are playing Pathfinder Online? Currently there are no dungeons in PFO.

Gaskon, the conversation is now well over a moth in the past. I think they mentioned a dungeon, but it may of just been monsters. At this point, I'm not really sure which.

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Thank you both for you helpful answers

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Master Blaster!

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My condolences to his family. My thoughts and prayers are with his family

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I have a character who has played through the quest for perfection series. He has a boon that allows him to have an

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Axe Beak as a mount.
. I have a watermarked printed page 29 from the Bestiary 3 so the GM can see the monster entry if he wants to.

If my character is using something outside the Core Rule book, I assume I have to provide the source materiel for the GM to peruse if he would like to correct?

I also have a character who has played through the Technic Siege and the SIlver Mount Collection. If my character purchases and uses the

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timeworn laser pistol
would I need to provide a watermarked copy of page 25 of the Technology guide to the GM if he asks?

Let me turn that around. as a GM, if I am unfamiliar with the contents of the Technology Guide, and someone shows up with a character with the

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laser pistol
can I ask him to produce some materiel so I can see how it works? What if the player doesn't have anything?

Thank you

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Thank you. I didn't realize you could craft a wand lower then your caster level.

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I guess I can only speak for myself. A couple of years ago I backed the Kick starter. I was excited about the game. I was also playing lots of World of Warcraft at that point of time as well.

Also I made contact with a few friends who were joining and were planning to form a guild group.....settlement? I seem to remember the name Hammer fall was mentioned.

Over the past year and a half or so, my interest in MMOs has diminished. I have also moved, and in my new home there are many more Pathfinder Society games to be involved in. In this area, (Raleigh-Durham NC) there are games in game stores offered every day of the week except Saturdays. Thankfully I have been invited into a couple of home games.

While talking to my group of five friends (I'm one of the five) who have been planning on giving Pathfinder Online a try, three of them mentioned that they have never played an MMO before. My other friend and I have some experience with MMOs, His experience with playing Lord of the Rings Online, and Knights of the Old Republic, and I have played World of Warcraft. We decided that sending completely fresh players into a PVP online MMo was somewhat like dumping creatures that did not know how to swim into a river infested with hungry piranhas.

So my friend has introduced them to Lord of the Rings Online, and my friends have been having a lovely time. they have a house, and another likes fishing..... they have commented on the beautiful graphics in the game the story lines etc....

By contrast they have been a bit frustrated with PFO. They mentioned going into a dungeon and having a good time killing monsters. But they were a bit irritated when their characters, weakened after fighting in the dungeon were ambushed by someone who was playing an assassin class and waiting to rob them at the mouth of the dungeon when they came out. They commented what was the point of having some sort of flagging system to discourage pointless PVP, if they had an assassin class who didn't suffer any consequences for killing other PCs.....one of my friends said if they continue to have a frustrating time on PFO, they can always go back to fishing on Lord of the Rings online.....It may be PFO is not for them.

That I guess has brought me around to my main reservation about PFO. Its the PVP aspect.
The Pathfinder RPG is fundamentally a cooperative game. You and your friends work together with your characters to over come and solve the challenges your GM puts before you. You "win" by working together as a team towards a common goal. In my opinion the PVP aspect of PFO fundamentally makes the game a competitive game. I am going to guess that the PVP nature of the game has made many people very hesitant to join PFO.

I may be wrong about this.

In short, at the moment. I am much less interested in MMOs. And because of my friends expressing their frustrations about PFO, I think i will give the game a pass for the present.

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Dragon HunterQ, I took a look through the core rule book, and re read the section on the Wizard Specialization school and I found this interesting bit of text.

“specialist wizards receive an additional spell slot of each spell level he can cast, from 1st on up. Each day, a wizard can prepare a spell from his specialty school in that slot. This spell must be in the wizard’s spellbook” Page 79 of the Core Rule book.

I have been looking through the ACG. I noticed the spell Repair Undead. It is a Necromancy spell.
If this spell is in a Necromancer's Spell book, he can memorize this spell in his school specialty spell slot. The ACG was published years after the Core rule book.

So, I think I can memorize Air elemental spells that are on the Wizard's spell list and is in my character's spell book, that have been published after the APG in my air elemental wizard's extra speciality school spell slot.

Thank you

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In PFs, what is the caster level of a Cure Light Wounds spell when cast from a wand?

I noticed you need to be 5th level to craft a wand. Does this mean the caster level of the spell would be 5th level?

thanks

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Some of my characters I plan, others I don't .

I actually prefer not to plan and let my characters evolve organically. I think I prefer to not plan ahead. Often I am surprised with how my character has evolved.

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I remember now this is 12 years ago or so, I was running a fun home game with some good friends. Two of those friends, literally fell asleep during our game. Luckily we had two couches. When it was time to fight, They were whacked with a throw pillow, would wake up and play until the combat was over. Initially we were irritated by this. One friend unfortunately suffered from chronic pain and was exhausted. He also provided his apartment for us to play in. The other player, a martial artist, trained very hard. He played a monk, and we enjoyed ( when he was awake) his meticulous description of how his unarmed attacks were being made, however he didn't always remember the "ki- abilites" the monk had in game.

Well, maybe for a beginner player a Magus may be too complicated to play. Perhaps a simple martial character may be more his speed.

Perhaps his character could get hit by a demonic curse that strips his character of any magical ability......Bye Bye Magus, Hello Fighter, and one of his big story points could be his quest to regain his magic?

I don't know maybe this was a bad idea.

I hope this helps

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Thank you for taking the time to answer Dragon Hunterq.

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Hello I have a quick question

I have a PFS Elemental: Air specialist wizard. In the APG I have found the list of Elemental Air spells.

I also have Blood of the Elements. There is a list of Air Elemental spells on the back cover of the supplement.

If I find an Air elemental spell, that is on the Wizard's spell list on the back page of the Blood of Elements, but isn't on the elemental spell list in the APG, can my wizard, after learning and scribing one of these spells, can my wizard prepare one of these new spells in his Air Elemental school specialty slot? For that Matter, How about the Aggressive Thunder Cloud spell from the ACG?

Thank you

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Personally I would prefer that the Iron Gods adventure path does not end up sanctioned. This is simply a personal preference. While I have enjoyed looking through the Iron Gods I have received through my proscription, and I found Numeria an interesting read, I enjoyed it because it was isolated in numeria. I wouldn't want the robots and tech in a home fantasy themed pathfinder game on Golarion. Also I don't want to see more numerian tech in Pathfinder Society. The Numerian themed Scenarios were the nose of the camel...I don't want the rest of the camel in the tent. Now this is simply my personal preference and opinion.

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I would prefer to keep first steps part 1 around. I think it is better to have more scenarios rather then less scenarios.

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I would think Channel Negative Energy would effect a Swarm because it is an area effect. I think the Inflict spells would not because they are touch spells

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Congratulations!

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Sometimes you have to find a way to make it work.

This afternoon I just GMed the 1st half of Academy of Secrets. We made it work with one player re playing, and 3 players playing for credit.

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William Rolland,
I hope that you had happy holidays, and i wanted to wish you a merry New Year! ( or is it the other way around?)

I was wondering if I could ask you for a copy of your Pathfinder Keep on the Border Lands

my email is

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VermontVC@gmail.com
. That was an adventure I loved. Thank you,

Myles Crocker

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Anecdotal experience with the Arcane Archer

A couple of years ago, in 2012 I played through Eyes of the Ten. In our party we had a dwarven fighter, who was an archer. We also had an Arcane Archer in the party. I think the Arcane Archer was a combination wizerd/ranger/ Arcane archer. I don't know what the combination was.

Both characters were doing respectable damage. The spell casters, one of which was my character were rarely bothered by a melee situation.

There was one moment where our opponent was fleeing from us up some stairs down a corridor out of sight...and the Dwarven archer said, "yeah I got nothing, now way I'm going to get up those stairs to get a shot", and the Arcane Archer said " I got this". He shot an arrow at one of the walls. The arrow curved away from the wall, flew up the stairs, went down the hall way, and we heard an "oww" and then a thump.

We were all impressed. I think the guy playing the dwarven fighter said, "yeah my character just does damage, now he ( indicating the AA) does all sorts of cool things".

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Bill,
Great website! very well done.
Myles

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Wow that is pretty cool Lucas thanks! um no pun was intended.

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As ring of Gyges said, I don't believe there is a hard and fast ruling about this.

As a GM, I doubt i would stop a player from casting a raise dead, and then the restorations required to "clear a condition" at the end of a scenario.

I often play clerics, and I have yet to see a GM say....un no you cant cast a remove blindness the next day for another player.

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Kinevon thank you I hadn't realized i forgot the ruby in ruby pheonix

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The multi table specials as a rule of thumb are not released to the public during the year they run. The VOs have access to it, and people who are going to run a table at the event, often have the PDF of the multi table special added to their down loads in their account.

In past years the special "opened" up the year's "Meta Plot".

In August of 2010 it was "year of the Shadow Lodge"

In August of 2011 it was " Blood under Absalmom" during the Year of the Pheonix

in August of 2012 it was " Race for the Rune Carved Key" during the Year of the Risen Rune

In August of 2013 it was "Siege of the Diamond City". during the Year of the Demon

August of 2014 it was " Legacy of the Stone Lords" during the Year of the Sky Key.

This year Legacy of the Stone Lords both finished Year of the Demon's plot, and began Year of the Sky Key's plot.

I hope this helps

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Welcome Michael. Congratulations!

Myles Crocker

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I may as well toss my two cents in.

The pattern for most threads seem to be, with the first 50 posts or so, people discuss things, then beyond that often threads devolve into a " This is what I think, I am right you are wrong".

Well more on topic. PFS VS home games.

I doubt I am going to add anything that hasn't been said up thread.

PFS

Pros:

Meet new people.

Learn new things.

Cons:

Tends to have lots of rules lawyers and min maxers,

The rate at which materiel is "leagalized" is daunting. Its a challenge to try and keep on top of everything.

I know this is an over simplification.

Home Games

Pros:

Game is at home.

Pros:

You are playing with your friends,

As a GM in a home game you have much more control over your game.

Con:

you may not like everyone you play with. often you are stuck with them.

Same people.....same people....same people.

I play both PFS and home games. I like them both. In my home game which i GM i got to terrorize my players with a carrion crawler. I can't do that in a PFS game.

With a PFS game, I just need to sign up for a game on war horn, grab my character and go. Here in the Raleigh/ Durham area PFS games are offered every day of the week except Saturdays. In terms of GMing, I prepare my scenario, and I will often have new players at the table whom I haven't met before.

Well there we are.

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Or another possibility Morilla, could be like the spanish where the ll is pronounced with a y sound.

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Tomorrow evening I am running a core only game with some friends on google hangout. Three of the four people playing are familiar with 3.5 but are just learning pathfinder.

I think they are having a good time.

We have a human paladin who has the two weapon fighting feat and fights with two short swords .

There is an elven cleric of Iori who serves as the knowledge specialist

And a Human Rogue

and Finally we have a a gnome sorcerer.

So all you need is the core rule book + Bestiary to play Pathfinder.

Enjoy, try new things, and most importantly have fun!

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Bill Congratulations! I remember at Carnage 2013 encouraging you to take a try at GMing PFS. You really helped us shore up our need for GMs.

This is really great news. I'm very happy for you,

Myles Crocker.

P.S. If you want my notes on what stores I had unearthed in VT and NH, I think you should be able to find them on the status updates thread.

If my notes are not there, please Email me and I will try to dig them up for you.

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I liked Eberon. I think I have almost all the eberon books on my book shelves. I never got to either play or run an Eberon campaign. I remember offering a choice of campaigns for my players. They got to choose between an Eberon campaign, a Midnight campaign, or a Forgotten Realms campaign. They choose a Forgotten Realms campaign. I did run them through the Desert of Desolation Series.

But I digress. I liked the Eberron campaign setting. While I didn't like the halflings who rode velociraptors, I liked the rest of the campaign setting.

It would be an interesting exercise to convert Eberron to Pathfinder. I think the Alchemsit would fit well into the Eberon campaign setting.

Well anyways this is just my opinion.

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I see no reason why a cleric of an evil god couldn't cast protection from evil. A cleric of an evil god would have as much to worry about from another evil cleric of another evil faith as they would from the clergy of a good faith.

Come to think of it, a cleric of a NE faith would have to also worry about members of his own faith as well.

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While I haven't played a war priest myself, I have played along side of one. This past summer we were playing a PFS 10-11 tier adventure.....I had a cleric of sarenrae with healing and the sun domains, The war priest....well i'm not quite sure whom the war priest worshiped.

The war priest proved to be quite a durable front liner and he dished out allot of damage.

My character hung back healed and buffed. The war priest did a great job getting in the monster's faces and well beating on them.

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Thank you all for your helpful posts.

I doubt the players will be happy with the hardness....then in addition to that the electricity resistance. I doubt they will be thrilled the electrical vulnerability applies after the first two defenses

again thank you for your help,

Elyas

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I have been looking through a PFS scenario I am planning to run. I have noticed that one of the "monsters: in the scenario is a robot.

This robot has hardness 5, electricity resistance 5 and its vulnerable to electricity. Its reflex save is +5.

What happens if this creature is subject to a lightning bolt spell, save DC 18, 5d6 damage?

I realize first the robot would make a reflex save =1d20+5 vs DC 18 to halve the damage

Assuming it fails its reflex save and is subject to 5d6 points of electrical damage, lets say 15

points, How does the hardness, the resistance, and the vulnerability come in? Which to you apply

first second and last? Oh and does hardness and resistance stack?

Thank you

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Player's often hate to be led around by the nose.

If they do break in steal the alcohol, and get caught and arrested by Hemlock and his deputies, well, It isn't the end. If they kill deputies, kill Vin, and the survivors get arrested and shipped off to Magnimar for a trial and a hannging,

Well then it may be time to roll up new characters.

If it is something less serious, say breaking entering and stealing the alcohol, then maybe while they are "cooling their heels" ....Perhaps the elven ranger might find some sort of monster thread or dungeon. and the party are "sentenced" to go and clean out this dungeon and end the monster threat.

:

I remember when I played, I had an elven druid. After being lured down stairs by Sheyless to deal with a "rat" problem, she dealt with his "pants" problem. Luckily, my character made is perception check, with a big penalty, to hear footsteps on the upstairs floor boards at the head of the stairs to the basement. My character, whose hands were still free, managed to make an extremely difficult concentration check to summon a giant rat at the foot of the stairs. The rat ran up the stairs and startled Mr. Vinder. This gave my character and Miss Sheyless to begin "poking" around for rats. Mr. Vinder was very suspicious of my character but there was the rat.

When I ran it, one of my teenage players, a 15 year old male teenager, was more then excited to have his character go down stairs to take care of Sheyless's rat problem. Unfortunately his character didn't made the perception checks to notice Mr. Vinder's approach. His character did hear the " what the @#%@ are you doing to my daugther?" The player looked at me quite crestfallen and dejected.....and said "Mr. Vinder's going to beat my character isn't he?" I nodded." Oh man this is just like real life"

In the Carrion Crown game I am in 3 out of the 5 characters got killed while exploring a dungeon. We made new characters, and then integrated them in with the surviving members of the party. It has worked.

Well good luck with your players

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This has been an interesting thread to read.

As someone who plays clerics, lots of them, i find one of the things I trip over is the action Economy. They don't have anything they can do as a swift or free action.

However, clerics in my opinion, can play very differently.

In PFS for example I have a cleric of Sarenrae, a cleric of Asmodeus, and a cleric of pharasma. in a home carrion crown game i have a cleric of Iomedae.

They all play very differently. The cleric of Sarenrae is a healer.

The cleric of asmodeus a barrister. He will only heal party members if they enter a contractual agreement with him. In one scenario where the group was in Minkai in the dragon empires, where people don't speak taldane common, he was "selling" charges of his comprehend languages wand for a "future favor". The GM reminded me that the spell only lasted for a minute. I 'or my character replied " I know...this means more favors for my character. He doesn't feel it is his problem if the other characters don't do their due diligence.

The cleric of Pharasma, is different from the other two. When the town mayer was pleading with our band of adventures to help their town to find a way to appease the local fire god. The volcano was going to erupt and they wouldnt' be able to get out the old young and infirm."

My character commented "Why does it matter if you get them out? after all it may just be their time. We don't want to interfere with their fate. "

The mayer was at a loss of words and blinked.

So I think no two clerics are alike.

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Pathfinder System Reference Document
Black tentacles" This spell causes a field of rubbery black tentacles to appear, burrowing up from the floor and reaching for any creature in the area."

D20 SRD

"This spell conjures a field of rubbery black tentacles, each 10 feet long. These waving members seem to spring forth from the earth, floor, or whatever surface is underfoot—including water. They grasp and entwine around creatures that enter the area, holding them fast and crushing them with great strength."

I don't think invisibility will be any protection against an Evard's black tentacles. I think we can safely infer that as the Evard's black tentacles writhe and wave about, they bump into the creatures in the spells area of effect and then wrap around the creatures they have bumped into. The tentacles after all don't have eyes for an invisibility spell to fool.

So I don't think invisibility would be any protection against evard's black tentacles tentacles.

Say How does the Burst Bonds spell interact with Evard's Black Tentacles?

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One of my pet peeves is when a player with a lap top is playing games on it, games like World of Warcraft during the game I am running, or I am playing in.
That sort of behavior is just rude.

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To the OP

I have allot of Player Characters in PFS. I have 30 characters in PFS. 11 of those characters are arcane casters (wizard/sorcerer/witch) their levels range from 2 through 15.

I never used that nonsense of "do barbarian 2nd level and then switch to a wizard". That goes against the spirit of the 1st level rebuild rules.

Is it risk free? no. But it is possible to survive your first level as a caster. I have done so 11 times, and I will probably continue to make characters.

Good luck with your characters.

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I suppose the easiest way to "humanize" the "green" races, (goblinoids, Orcs etc) would be to look at what World of Warcraft has done. You have the Horde and the Alliance. That might be a good model to follow.

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