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That is SO crappy. You definitely did the right thing :D
Imagine if you had said elf, and rolled a 3 in constitution, though. That'd be kinda funny... How long would you survive with a 1 in constitution?
1. If we assume the Author is lying then we cannot make any assumptions about the literary work whatsoever. Did Frodo destroy the ring? Well Tolkien wrote it, but if he could have been lying...
Of course we can still make assumptions. The point is that the words of the author are not actually that relevant for analysis.
Note that Frodo destroyed the ring within the context of the story itself, as told in the book.
You cannot compare this to an author making a statement in an interview or biography. Especially since your opinion can change, but what you have written cannot.
We must make a distinction between an author writing something in a particular text, and the author saying something about that particular text.
If the writer is unaware of the meaning then it effectively has no meaning. Why did he write it there unless he had a reason?
Of course it still has meaning outside the text itself. You're looking at meaning as if it's something the author implants in the text.
If we found a book and the book has no author, can we still analyze it?
2. As for the Blue curtain, the author may have very well just liked the color blue. It was only mentioned to set the scene in our heads.
Yes. This is why we try not to overanalyze small details. For example a particular scene with a particular coloured curtain is unlikely to have that much meaning. It's only when we get to more prominent features of the story that we should look at things really carefully.
That is wrong, for several reasons.
First of all, the most obvious reason is that the author might be lying.
Secondly, the author himself might not be aware of the meaning.
Let's use the blue curtain scenario:
The author might say that, "no the blue curtain symbolises nothing", but, and here we get to the important bit, he chose to make the curtain blue in the first place. Why did he make that choice?
That's where it gets interesting. Why do dark elves have black skin? Given that they live underground in darkness it seems more reasonable that they should have albino skin. Someone had to make the decision at some point that their skin was black.
It's not just swift actions. The full-round-action mechanic is broken.
The system works such that non-magic-based combatants are discouraged from moving while fighting at their full potential, while spellcasters have no such restrictions. This is most glaring with certain classes which, ironically, gain both multiple attacks AND increased movement speeds (yes monks I'm looking at you guys).
I don't think wizards should be nerfed. I think the full round action rules should be rewritten
This would be more fancy if I could post images here, but we'll have to do without that. I've tracked down an interesting formula, and with some manipulations it can be quite useful.
What I have is a formula to approximate the number of rolls you have to do, on average, until you will succeed in negating a poison/disease that requires two successful saves to end.
The formula looks as follows
1 / p^2 + 1 / p
Where p is the probably to succeed in a single roll.
Note that this formula does NOT correctly adjust for the possibility that failing a save would result in lowering the save bonus itself as a result. For example a poison that causes constitution damage would lower your fortitude save, thereby making your future saves even less likely to happen. This is not taken into account because it makes it even more complex to calculate than it already is :P
First: If we insert p = 1 in the formula we get 1/1^2 + 1/1 which is 2. When you're 100% likely to succeed every save, at WORST you will have to make two saves to escape a poison.
If we insert p = 0.5 we get 6. So it'd take on average something like 6 rolls until you succeed.
We can calculate p for any given save with the following formula
Where s is your save bonus and d is the DC. Example: A character with a constitution save of 5 rolls a save against a poison with DC 19.
(20+5-19)/20 = 0.3 (30%)
If we plug in this in the initial equation we get 14.44, which is really quite bad... It'd take an average of 14 rounds to break out of this poison.
Note, of course, that we can calculate the amount of damage taken on average too. I've made a table of average damage per die below:
1d3 = 2
With another formula we can proceed to calculate how much ability damage you will take on average. It looks like this
d = e(1-p)(k-2)
Where p is the probability to successfully save against the poison, e is the average damage value from the above table, and k is the number of rolls from above.
Example: k value = 14.44, p = 0.3, and 3.5 as we use a d6.
I've put together a complete formula here that you can paste into wolframalpha or any other calculator:
damage = e(1-((20+s-d)/20))((1 / ((20+s-d)/20)^2 + 1 / ((20+s-d)/20))-2)
e = damage value from the above table
In short: This gives you approximation of how much damage a character would take if afflicted by a poison with save DC d, expected die damage e (from the table) and save bonus s.
I will revisit this later, maybe next weekend, with a more rigorous examination of the probabilities. There might be mistakes in what I have here, but they shouldn't be that severe. If you find anything, tell me.
What's Dr. Who?
54: Albertus' Amazing Picture Book: See Them Come To Life Without Magic!
This is a thick volume of several hundred worn pages. Some of them are missing. The pages are illustrated, depicting a slow sequence of two stylized dwarves, one smashing a large pie in the face of the other. Most notably, were one to flip these pages quickly through either magical or non magical means, the two characters would almost appear to come to life!
This is actually a great post which illustrates one of the problems with all dnd derivative systems.
What, exactly, is a class really SUPPOSED to be doing?
Wizards are actually fairly straightforward. They're supposed to cast spells and most spellcasting, unless it's a set of really badly picked spells, will help. After all, even a beginner can see that ok magic missile deals damage I'll use that.
On the other hand, it's tougher to see whether or not mage armour is good in practice. Ok it's +4 AC... But at the cost of one spell slot... But magic missile is xd4+y damage...
The cleric is especially suffering from that because
Buffs are HARD to evaluate. How good IS really a particular buff. It takes gameplay experience to figure out.
The cleric can use weapons, so one might think it's a combat class. Is it?
Few of the spells are direct damage, meaning that the class has spells that require gameplay experience to know which are good and bad. Buffs, again.
As for point two, the cleric has healing. Healing is straightforward. You know EXACTLY what you get from it. You get HP back. That's a tangible benefit. As such, it will be attractive for anyone who doesn't know exactly how to play a cleric.
I'm playing a wizard in a current campaign and my character is fairly effective. Why? Because I know what I'm doing, generally. There's been a few situations when I haven't been able to do anything but they were because I had the wrong spells and got into an encounter with something that couldn't be dealt with using my current spells.
We also have a witch that is less effective. Why? Because the player doesn't know exactly what to do. Doesn't know which spells are effective. Generally, he relies on the slumber hex which doesn't work against a lot of enemies.
We also had a cleric (who died). The cleric spent most of his time healing, because his melee was ineffective and the player didn't know which spells were useful.
Here's what I just thought up (and I should really go to bed or else I'll have to survive another lecture on only 4h of sleep...)
This might be overpowered as **** and I strongly advice against it in pathfinder, but for a pathfinder v2 it might be something that could work.
Martial classes should all be redesigned to have a "stamina pool" of stamina points that restore upon resting. The pool size is pretty small. Probably not much bigger than con mod +2.
Some feats are then designated as martial feats. Power attack, cleave, whatever.
Martial classes can spend stamina points to
What this would do is that it would eliminate the risks of trap feats to a greater extent as you have the ability to use a feat even i you don't have it, though at a cost. Even a fighter whose player picked suboptimal feats can now kinda compensate for that later on.
The difference between emulating a feat and actually picking that feat is obviously that the fighter who has learned a feat permanently can actually use it without spending stamina.
I'm going to bed now.
Damage and efficiency are fundamentally important in a system that places combat above everything else. Even 2e described combat as being the "meat" of the system itself. Is pathfinder any less combat oriented? No.
The only reasonable thing to do in such a system is to balance all characters' combat efficiency because a character who isn't efficient in combat is a character who stands around doing nothing.
He's going to be:
Characters who lack combat capability work in systems that de-emphasize combat and emphasize social interaction and adventuring.
Before I played Pathfinder/DnD I came from a system that had a bard class. It couldn't cast spells. It couldn't sing to improve morale or give advantages. It could use weapons, though not as good as a dedicated combat class. What could it do? Smooth talking and actually playing instruments. The game also had a monk class. Hint: Think less shaolin and more Sean Connery from The Name Of The Rose. And a scribe: He was good at writing and knowledge skills.
I was really surprised when I started playing DnD that it had this focus on character balance. Now I understand why it is necessary.
Can you even have a +1 Holy Greatsword? Holy is a +2 enhancement; I was always under the impression that in order to put an effect on an item, it had to have atleast the same enhancement as the effect (so a +2 weapon for a +2 effect). Have I been misunderstanding this for... well forever?
Yes you have been having that misunderstanding for, well, forever :P
You can have a +1 holy greatsword. It will cost as much as a +3 greatsword.
To calculate the price, add the enhancement modifiers.
Chance to hit:
(6/12)*(7/12) = 42/144 = 29% (roughly)
Because you have above on one and below on one I actually miscalculated at first. I strongly advice AGAINST having one roll ABOVE and one BELOW. It makes the thinking required unecessarily complex if you want to apply bonuses and so on. You'll have to reverse your thinking depending on which die you're looking at.
(i actually had to recalculate twice because of this)
Without knowing any of the additional rules it's hard to say if this is reasonable. I mean if a sniper shot kills instantly it might be acceptable, but if it takes multiple hits to kill it's going to need adjustments.
I am not by any stretch of the imagination a power gamer or min maxer, but optimization guides are very useful for me anyway.
I don't pick from character options purely to be optimal, at the same time I don't want to pick something that might actually be a trap option. This is one of the great reasons for optimization guides imo.
They're not about only picking blue options. They're about NOT picking the red ones... Or too many red ones anyway.
I'll just write up a summary for a quick adventure I ran with my group in Sharn, Eberron. It should still work anywhere else providing you're not hesitant about going underground. Sharn is a city of tall towers and most civilized places to visit are in the mid levels. Lower levels are basically slums and a lot of abandoned areas. This has been adjusted for non-tower use.
Plot Hook: The players chill at some tavern or so when they hear a voice from a nearby table. The voice belongs to Maxirallion, the intelligent shield. His owner is asleep at the table and Maxirallion promises GOLD to the players if they will just help him with this minor little thing.
The players are led deep below a certain gambling den into abandoned tunnels are smuggler hideouts and whatever until they finally reach a large abandoned hall. In the middle of the hall there's a large pillar seemingly holding up the roof above, and around the pillar someone has piled stacks and stacks of barrels (containing gunpowder). A fuse can be seen though its nature as a fuse might not be that obvious. Perhaps describe it as a rope.
Maxirallion demands a closer look and promises "the gold is close now, the gold is close!". If held up, he'll cast some rudimentary fire spell on the fuse setting it ablaze. They have just a short while to stop the fuse before the gunpowder explodes.
The truth: Maxirallion is an insane +1 CN shield who was sold far below market value by a drunkard in the gambling den above. A fight about the price erupted between the gamblers and it escalated until the owner of the place agreed that the price was reasonable. Maxirallion took this as a personal insult and swore revenge and for the last 30-40 years he's spent his time lying and sneaking in order to make other people assist him in his plan... To take the gambling den down, owner and guests alike.
The original adventure was run in the city of towers and the room with the gunpowder was on a floor very close to the bottom of one big tower. If the plan had succeeded he'd have taken down an enormous tower and a lot of innocent lives.
The paladin issue is pretty easily explained.
Whoever created the feat assumed that the feat itself would be used in combat. It's basically a feat that enables tanking by taunting.
Just houserule it like this, because this is how it was likely intended to work in the first place: It only works against an opponent who is already in combat against you or one of your allies.
I've read about half of this thread and everything from the other thread.
I'll make sure to avoid information crossover from the other thread so.
The player believes he has a justified reason for doing this. You have to ask him what his reason is, and if it is incorrect you should provide information IN GAME to him shows to him that he is wrong.
If his interpretation of the situation is correct, however, then we have a problem.
What about this?
In a dungeon, written on a the floor of a passage is the following text
You should hand the players a NOTE with this text written down:
"Behind the wicked stairs a door to untold riches lead
The passage opens up into a rectangular room. Near one end of this room is a spiral staircase coated in slippery slime that drips from the floor above. Anyone trying to ascend will have to roll climb or something not to fall. At the top is a small room with nothing in it except more slime.
On the wall just behind the spiral stairs is a door. The door leads into a maze of portals that warp back on themselves. Trying to solve the maze is a waste of time. There is nothing there. You might want to make it obvious that this is a dead end if they're too persistent.
On the other side of the room is a huge wall mosaic depicting dozens of faces. Anyone looking at these faces will be confused as per the confuse spell as long as they keep looking in that direction. The mosaic radiates an aura of evil. Pathfinder officially has no "facing" rules, but it's fine for roleplaying... Hehehe :P
I think at this point the players might read the text aloud and realize that STAIRS and STARES are awfully similar, and indeed the STARES are wicked. Someone, hopefully a fighter or barbarian, suggests that a degree of force applied to this mosaic will advance their cause... When the mosaic is destroyed, the wall behind crumbles revealing a door that leads further into the dungeon, and hopefully to untold riches!
I use an excel spreadsheet (or rather Open Office Calc) to handle passive rolls. I've listed all the relevant PC skills and saves on the sheet. Beneath each stat there is a ROLL button. If you press that button it will roll a die for each character and show the result near their name. This makes it very easy and painless to handle things like bluffing and sense motive.
I realized from a advertisement perspective I should have begun with a summary of how the adventure will play out, rather that a wall-of-text on the backstory :P
So here comes a writeup how the adventure usually progresses
Each PC has been sent an invitation from Baron Konstantine Sedov. Any PC who declines is... Obviously out of the adventure.
The PCs begin at the Bleeding Pig Inn (the adventure was originally swedish, and the tavern was named Den Stuckna Grisen) where they were told in the invite to wait for transportation. Soon enough they're picked up by the bulky half-orc coach driver Ogrim and the halfling servant Ockham.
The pass a small village before reaching the castle. They're told by Ockham to hide themselves from the villagers, because the villagers hate the baron and they don't want to be seen working for him if they want to go there to visit. Soon enough they arrive at the castle where they're told the baron is out. The players might ask questions about this, but the staff knows nothing. They claim he had to leave quickly to handle some business negotiations and was supposed to be back several days ago.
The PCs are shown to the guest rooms where they will stay, unless they opt for staying in the village which is an option, but discouraged. The players will at this point likely spend the day sneaking around, probably around the castle grounds. As only about 10 people work there it isn't too difficult to get around there unseen. They're warned by staff not to touch anything, because the place is cursed. As almost everything that is magical here is also cursed or otherwise dangerous PC injury or death is possible.
Some places in the castle are REALLY off-limits. Access to the top floors will be watched by atleast one of staff at all times and they will attempt to stop the PCs going up there by any means necessary. There is also an enormours tower, called the Forbidden Tower, on the castle grounds. The entrance to the tower is quite difficult to find.
Not finding any interesting clues in the castle, they visit the village and hear rumours of deaths and disappearances. They hear of The Asylum, a building that was built by an ancestor of the current baron but which is now supposedly haunted.
They have likely heard the following rumours now:
*Lots of people have been disappearing from the castle (true)
At this point they might formulate some paranoid theories. Atleast my players did. Once they've heard most of the local rumours, sneaked around in the castle and so... Whenever you feel like it the baron returns from his journey. He bids them welcome and serves them a huge dinner.
He explains the situation. His wife has been cursed or is otherwise influenced by dark magic or something of that sort. Nothing he's tried has worked and now he suspects the source of the curse might lurk in the castle. He has a few possible ideas as to where the cause might lie, but first they get to meet his wife, Lilya. She's crazy and keeps talking to herself. Any player investigating her with detect magic will see an aura of magic whose nature is impossible to discern.
The players are now given a few missions by the baron, such as "Check the forbidden tower, the evil might lurk there", or alternatively "The fifth floor is haunted, it might be something there". A fun situation occurs if the players have already been through these places and they realize they don't want to tell that to the baron...
Either way the investigations are futile until one of two things happens:
1: They decide to go to the basement and examine the old mines at which point they find a tunnel that wasn't there before (the entrance was previously hidden by an illusion). The tunnel leads them to the underground temple of the true culprit, the unique aboleth Daquthein who sees himself as some kind of god. He's crazy.
2: The baron's wife tells them the answer is in the basement. She lures them into the mines. (she's being mind controlled). See point 1 for what happens then.
If they win, the curse breaks and the baroness is free. The baron is grateful and pays them some reward.
The whole adventure is generally quite sandboxish as they're free to roam the place and surroundings. Most fights that occur will be encounters they walk into of their own, like ghosts in the basement, the flesh golem in the tower etc. etc. If they go into the forests they might encounter wereolves and so on. You can adjust the length of the adventure easily by having the baron appear earlier, or maybe he's already back home when they get there. For the shortest adventure you can have the barron suggest that they check the basement first of all, though this will be the least suspenseful way to play it.
Almost everything they do until the baron reappears will serve mostly to set the atmosphere and won't really have much an effect on the adventure itself, though neither of my playing groups complained about it. They thought the atmosphere building aspect was the best part of the adventure.