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90% of time, lawyers don't call the shots as to substance of the law. What they do is translate the wishes and whims of the client (be it government, corporation or John Doe) from humanese to legalese.
And from legalese to humanese. This is largely why I routinely and unabashedly blame Congress when I explain tax law to someone as part of rendering bad news. Yeah it's passing the buck, but passing it to the right party.
Dave, loved the book and eagerly awaiting the next one. I know a few people would love to see your take on the guys (and Arni's) in game stats.
Lurion Coravoss wrote:
While I'm not sure there would be enough for three separate products, he's pretty much expressed my feelings.
::Thinks about 23 month old daughter, 1 week old son, and recovering wife, and his never ending list of chores:: Duplication sounds pretty good right, especially if the original retains memories from all the copies (those episdoes of NCIS and PRPG books aren't going to view themselves you know....
::Thinks about commute when returning to work:: Then again, teleportation sounds pretty nifty too...
i've been a subscriber with Paizo since Dungeon & Dragon magazines and while there have been occasional delays (typically with big shipments around GenCon), I have been overall pleased with the experience.
i wouldn't mind if Paizo started notifying subscribers via email about any delays in shipping, it's a pain to find the latest statements about status. Other than that, I'm not upset. i can understand why others are, but I'd advise them to be patient.
My DM "Wait... what?" Moment:
I was running a Dungeon adventure involving a group of vampires in a noble's villa. The adventureback presented rules for stakingretooling vamps. The group had long ago agreed on called shot rules. The party monk throws three stakes, aiming for the hearts of the last three vamps. Even after factoring nonproficiency and called shots, his three nat 20's are sufficident. I stop for a good minute, trying to salavge the situation and then just walk away from thr table.
I was playing a mid level rogue in a group chasing some baddies when the local LEO's show up, whistles blasting.
Me: What do you think you're doing, grunt?!?!
I've been tinkering and consolidating the various rules/spells/items/etc. for calling/binding outsiders and I noticed something interesting.
Both greater planar ally and greater planar binding have an 18 HD limitation. Yet the section on binding outsiders in the Ultimate Magic repeatedly references calling or binding outsiders with HD above that range (Balors, Draconals, Pitfiends, Solars, etc).
I see how gate circumvents that limitation for calling 18+ HD outsiders (its essentially a super planar ally spell) but there doesn't appear to be a Pathfinder canonical way to bind 18+ HD creatures. Am I missing something?
Also, given the Pathfinder rules for binding outsiders, how do people feel about the ensnarment and implore spells from Dragon magazine 336?
For those without access, ensnarment grants a +4 bonus v. SR of the target and allows the caster to use Intelligence instead of Charisma for Charisma checks but costs an extra 1,000 gp. Its clearly more useful for a wizard or sage bloodline sorcerer than any other kind of sorcerer but its available to both. I'd probably also allow it for witches given its creator/most famous user...
Implore allows the caster to bind a single creature of up to 22 HD, had an xp cost which converted to Pathfinder equates to 1,250 gp/HD (so max of 27,500 gp), imposes -4 penalty to the Will save/Charisma checks, ensured no double dealing, and granted the target a cumulative +1 bonus v. being called for 1 year.
Implore also required the caster to know the target's true name, which under the Ultimate Magic imposes a -5 penalty to the Will save and Charisma check. I think a total of -9 is a bit much, but then again you're paying more for a 22 HD binding than you are for a wish spell.
Iif you're asking for how to potray the blade speaking, then I'd totally recommend holdiing both ends of the conversation in front of people when its important. Maybe give the blade an accent or even hold up a pencil when its talking.
In an effort to not hog the spotlight, I'd usually just state during RP time "You see X arguing with his blade again..." and rarely interupt the action to yell (in character) something random like "I know she is smoking hot, but we're not her type". Really play up the whole "its my sword talking, I swear!" angle.
Update: I'll try to post a Pathfinder appropriate picture later, can anyone recommend a picture hosting service?
On a more (maudlin) humor side, I figured out her Mythic stats (or at least one of them). She's got at least one Mythic tier. Her flaw is a dependence on bewbs and her hierophant path ability is sustained by faith (bewbs) based on the fact we've been cluster feeding her for 3.5 hours now. I gave up on sleep last night/this morning when the sun came up.
Jason Bulmahn wrote:
Thats just fine Jason, thanks for responding. When you ponder the issue, please keep the 20th level mythic 1-10playtest scenarios in mind too.
As and aside, I was/am a huge fan of 3.x epic, but I'm really starting to love what I'm seeing here.
I must admit some of the above posts were more helpful than others.... For the record I've been DMing for 12+ years now and have often taken 3.x games to 30th+ levels. So if you feel I'm still on "training wheels"...
I think the most helpful comment has been the 10th level/5th tier character is not supposed to be an equal to a 15th level character. I'd love it if JB confirmed Matrix's quote, but I suspect he's correct.
I can't seem to find anything stating whether a PC's wealth by level should factor in his mythic tiers. Does a 10th level PC with 10 mythic tiers have the equipment of a 10th level PC or a 20th level PC?
If its 20th level PC, then what do we use for a 20th level PC with any mythic tiers? Just cap them at 20th levels value?
Hopefully I didn't miss a very obvious answer (wouldn't be the first or the last)!
Let me expand my question then... Does RP in this context mean then same it does in PRPG? Am I expected to talk in character at all times? Would you boot me for using terms like tank, dps, aoe, etc?
I'm a longtime fan of GW, but my MMO experience has always been that my friends ditch the game for the "teh newest release" while I plough along through content, so I've been fairly self reliant. I'd like serious mature players to party with on occasion, so I'm liking what I've heard so far.
Also, can you make a golem intelligent simply by using the intelligent item rules? Would it then gain feats/skills. (I acknowledge this may be going outside the scope of the project).
doc the grey wrote:
Because I have a couple of subscriptions shipping at the same time, I usually get my notification later in the process (c'est la vie).
As for the mithral cauldron.... thats hilarious!
Saying "It has five new ioun stones, including one that allows you to fight like a monk!" is okay.
Copying/pasting the actual entry for an item/feat/etc. has brought out the paizo staff in the past. The fact that the stats will make it to D20pfsrd in due time has not stopped them from making the reasonable request not to put their brand-spanking new material on the web, at release, for free.
I had hoped that you would have received more feedback from others on this... Oh well.
I acknowledge your point on the "prepared" v. "exchange" terminology. I think this is an instance of RAW v RAI as I don't think the designers intended this to allow the situation you described above (no matter how much fun it would be!), hence my gut reactions above.
A further argument to support more flexibility on issue 3) is examining the clerics ability to spontaneously cast metamagiced versions of cure/inflict spells using higher level slots. Again, not expressly called out in spellbond but it is more internally consistent I believe.
Tiny Coffee Golem wrote:
Take a look at the spellbinder. If you can find where it says it replaces the "arcane school" then I'll concede your point.
Arcane school determines specialization/universalist status.
Arcane School: A wizard can choose to specialize in one school of magic, gaining additional spells and powers based on that school. This choice must be made at 1st level, and once made, it cannot be changed. A wizard that does not select a school receives the universalist school instead.
Arcane bond does not and thats all spellbinders give up.
Tiny Coffee Golem wrote:
TCG and LazarX
The spellbinder only gives up arcane bond in exchange for the spellbonding. As evidenced by the last part of the entry (other than recommended discoveries) saying "This ability replaces arcane bond." So technically the feature is available to all wizards....
The feat does not replace a class feature, it effectively adds a claass feature at the cost of Skill Focus and Eldritch Heritage.
99% certain its legit unless I missed something in the Eldritch Heritage.
The inner sea primer has a good archetype to replace HotA (bonus metamagic feat and bonus on crafting metamagiced magic items).
I've played a universalist extensively (almost exclusively) and have become a bit of a metamagic focused character (wonder why). The ability to modify any spell (other than my highest) on the fly has created some fascinating events.
I wouldn't mind the bonus slot per spell level (even if restricted to metamagic spells).
Also for those who want a familiar in addition to bonded item/spellbinder elf wizard, remember that Skill Focus (Knowledge (aracana)) + Eldritch Heritage (Arcane) gives you both.
Actually, could use that to get Amulet of Magecraft and Spellbinder...
Now that's a better citation than a "nothing says you can" argument. Which makes me wonder about Undead Anatomy as I cited above. Thanks!