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xavier c wrote:
And there are NOT enough good outsiders compered to large amount of evil outsiders. I mean go add up all of the Asuras,Daemons,Demodands, Demons,Devils,Divs,Kytons,Oni,Qlippoth,Rakshasa. And then add up the good outsiders.

That's because Bestiaries should be mostly about things adventurers kill.

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I got my PDF copy. It's an outstanding book, and it's great that it will be backed up with Hero Lab files. Splendid job, Green Ronin!

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This thread needs more Beckett.

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I think this is the current running thread on this.

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I knew I should have gone with the "I ain't hiring no gun-totin' crazy religious Amurican rednecks in my true Canadian company" example...

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pickin_grinnin wrote:

In the end, a company should focus on hiring the best candidate for the position. Period. No company should bear the burden of hiring someone primarily because of his/her gender, orientation, ethnicity, etc. Successful companies hire the best person, regardless of any of that.

Sure, in an ideal world, where companies don't play into prejudices such as "women are inferior employees because they bleed once per month" or "all Mexicans are illegal thieves so I ain't hiring no mex crap in my True American company".

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OK, since the Word of God says Asmodeus is a bad idea, I'm going to go with Ragathiel.

Raggy: "I SHALL KILLMURDERGENOCIDE YOU ALL IN THE NAME OF GREATER GOOD!"
Devils: Hey, man, but you're, huh, one of us basically.
Raggy: "*sobs* STOP REMINDING ME! BURNINATE!"

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Artificer
Warlock
Tome of Battle classes
Fighter re-do/replacement
Dragon Rider

Just to name a few oft-repeated requests.

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I just don't run games for such people. Sooner or later, my deranged godless communist Yurpean self shines through and I get thrown out of the window.

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Count me in the 'moar options' camp. If I want to play an RPG where options are purely cosmetic and the only difference between a spear-wielding Norse valkyrie and a gnome dinosaur hunter is fluff-only, I have all those retro-D&D and rules-light systems to keep me warm.

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Come to think of it, if ACG was focused on Slayer, Shaman, Investigator, Skald, Bloodrager and Brawler it could have gotten that fifth star from me easily.

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What about a Lawful Neutral character who has the bright idea that the people in charge of Cheliax are horribly mis-dis-re-interpretating the teachings of Dark Prince?

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Funny observation: that one time I've have had a problem with a Chinese client, there were apologies, remedies and a bottle of cognac delivered by UPS to my home.

(If only they knew that I prefer Scotch over cognac!)

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CONSPIRACY!

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You can't really build a solid point-based class builder, because of the way class features are interdependent and don't exist in a vacuum. Let's assume you take the "rage" class feature and price at 10 points. However, rage will have a completely different impact on a class depending on other class features and characteristics - it will have the most impact on a full-BAB class which assumes STR as the main combat stat, far less impact on a medium-BAB class where STR is a secondary attribute and will be worthless for a slow-BAB class.

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Ascalaphus wrote:
I mainly see Heal used to establish cause of death; rarely for actual healing.

Given it's one of the very few non-magical ways of restoring hp, I'd count it as an important skill ... until the party gets their first happystick, that is :)

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Tarantula wrote:
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finer points of difference between the version cast by Wiz/Sorc and the Summoner one
And those are what exactly? That summoners can cast it early? Other than that, there is no difference.

Man, trying to answer why do they cast it early is something you can build an entire campaign around. I mean, who made it so? The gods? The All-Father? The Old Ones? Aboleths? Elminster? Baba Yaga?

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I'm going to roll a dwarven paladin who is obsessed with the spell haste for my next Pathfinder game. He will have maxed Know(arcana) and Spellcraft and will continuosly discuss how awesome haste is, what is the history behind the spell, who was the first caster ever to cast it, what are the variants of the spell and what the finer points of difference between the version cast by Wiz/Sorc and the Summoner one.

His tragedy? Not having it on his spell list and having no ranks in UMD. There, instant roleplaying. In a tabletop miniatures wargame!

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No, I'll have 6 fantastic, colourful beer mats/fly swatters which will double as books with cool pictures for my hypothetical kids :)

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Boooooring.

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I can not haz download errata :(

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Morzadian wrote:


In D&D 3.5 the Invisibility spell was changed to "invisible only in combat" evident by its short duration (rounds/level).

It's minutes/level. And if you're a fan of longer durations, there's a 3.5 metamagic feat Persistent Spell. Poof, instant 24h pure roleplaying. See? 3.5 is every bit as roleplaying game as previous eds were.

Morzadian wrote:


In AD&D (1e) a barbarian could summon a barbarian horde consisting of hundreds of barbarians. Is this a 'tactical wargame ability'? of course not.

Of course it is. "Hundreds" is tactical. Now if it was "tens of thousands" you could make a case it's a strategic ability... Heck, am I pretending it was a serious ability? Of course it wasn't, apart from being turbo limited (can be summoned only in native land, yay!) it was a gamer over button because what sane GM would run an adventure that's about 500 barbarians trying to clear Tomb of Horrors?

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I guess I jinxed it when I posted that the monthly paladin alignment flamewar is overdue...

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It's more about that a major direct intervention of a deity would quickly escalate into a chain reaction of mutually assured destruction. And every major god and goddess, Rovagug excepted, pretty much doesn't want that to happen.

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GâtFromKI wrote:
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How's that all different from having to learn most of a spell list in order to play a full caster efficiently?

When you create a level 1 CRB wizard, you chose something like 8 spells out of a list of ~30 level 1 spells; there is even a list of the level 1 spells with a summary of the effects. Then you have to chose the prepared spells, but it's a list of 3 out of your 8 known spells.

By the time you have to chose some level 2 spells, you have a good knowledge of the level 1 spell. And so on.

Note that the kineticist would be far simpler with a list of power by element and level, like the wizard spell list.

For the medium, at level 1 you immediately have access to all spirit, at any time of the day with the transe... A level 20 medium may be simpler that a level 20 full caster, I don't know, but the whole complexity of the class is frontloaded at level 1; there is no simple entry point for the class.

Oh, and the complexity allows you to easily create some corner cases that aren't covered by the rules, like having contradictory compulsions or using the influence system to bind more spirits than you are allowed to or ignore the sprits compatibility rules...

It's circa 40 spells at 1st level if you're playing core-only, but if you throw in APG, ACG, UM and UC (note: no softcovers!) you're at 120 1st level spells or so. Which actually is a front-load as well, because the higher the level, the less spells.

I don't think having a single front-loaded class is bad, I'd just treat it as something for those people who really love absorbing lots of data to play their class right. A Wizard player in one my campaign is pretty much memorizing (as a person) every spell that there is, and he lately told me he's halfway there.

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But Pathfinder, like D&D, always was a wargame. No amount of rose-tinted glasses worn during re-reading Tomb of Horrors can change the fact that D&D grew out of a desire from Gygax and Arneson to have a small-scale tactical wargame they could use to play out their fave sword & sorcery heroes vs monsters adventures. And so they did.

When you try any RPG system that grew out of opposition to D&D - and has rules, narrative and acting interact together far more than D&D does - it become blindingly obvious that no matter if it's 0e, 1e, BECMI, 2e, 3e/3.5e/PF, 4e or 5e they're all wargaming rulesets with the entire role-playing part bolted on and only loosely connected. Having played quite a few dozens of non-D&D RPGs I always get a laugh when "old school" people ramble on about how 3e and onwards it's all rules and no role-playing. Guys, you're all wargamers arguing whether wood elves were better off in 2ed or 4ed of the game.

Now of course you can have fantastic role-playing in D&D and you can publish amazing campaign settings and adventures for it. But always, you'll be playing a tactical wargame, and the ruleset will concerns itself with combat and pretty much nothing else. The mechanical chassis doesn't interact with neither the players' acting nor with GM's narrative.

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How's that all different from having to learn most of a spell list in order to play a full caster efficiently?

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Asmodeus, of course. House Thrune has outlasted its usefulness, it's time for a fresh new perspective on things.

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I really hate this thread .

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Alex Smith 908 wrote:
I'm sorry that we've done this "oh no teh bloat" song and dance so many times that the actors are recognizable. Put this up there with monday monkday, rollplay vs teaparty debates, and caster supremacy arguments as something that happens every single week on these forums. Nothing is accomplished, no one is convinced of anything, and the people whining on both sides are the same every single time.

Isn't this the time for our monthly Paladin alignment thread, by the way?

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MYTHIC TOZ wrote:
Wiggz is missing the point.

Ah, the post where Rynjin's crusade began.

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I think some people carry over here their frustrations with Paizo's approach to issues such as sexuality or "sci fi in fantasy" and they're looking for every possible avenue to vent their disappointment.

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Fun fact: the OP of this thread was recently seen rocking an Arcanist, which is something he should totally not be doing if he was to take his own concerns seriously.

Fun fact 2: ACG is almost sold out, so I guess that until the sales of player-oriented hardcovers pummel, the care box for this thread will remain quite empty.

Vote with your wallets! Stop buying Paizo books! Burn the ones you have! Print out the PDFs, and burn them too! Youtube it! Make sure you tell your community! Be a real capitalist!

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I like my D&D turbo complicated, bloated with options and allowing rididunkulous combinations of races, classes, archetypes/PrCs. Timid folks are better off playing 5E or retro games, this one here is a wild hog.

Of course the fact that I get to memorize and apply insane amounts of (often conflicting, obtuse, obsurce and obfuscated) rules in my day job synergizes quite well with that!

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Wiggz wrote:


What got me intthe presumption that updating out-of-print AP's that were released under the 3.5 ruleset would somehow negatively impact the sales of new AP's to current subscribers has pretty much been proven to be false...

Proven? How? By scientific data? Empirical research? Court rulings? You have any analysis from the fields of economy at hand? Numbers? Predictions based on said numbers? Or, for the lack of the above, experience working in the gaming industry which would give some remote credibility to guesswork? Knowledge on potential ROI? Factoring said ROI into annual budget? Long-term financial strategy?

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Fun fact: we have 60 bottles of vodka left from the wedding. Help plx?
Well, you know our address. :)

I was kind of hoping that Paizo staff will drop by for a house party, where I will proceed to drink Erik under the table and extract the release schedule for the next 5 years, but I guess that will have to wait to until Paizocon. In the mean time, I'll try to figure out if sending a bottle of (arguably dangerous) liquid over to 'Murica won't end up with me waterboarded in some Pakistani jail...

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Insain Dragoon wrote:
Mark Seifter wrote:

It wasn't the one in the group I've been playtesting with, but I've seen a kineticist get up to +15 at level 6 after FtB (+4 BAB, +1 size, +1 focus, +1 PBS, +6 Dex, +2 FtB) on its own before party buffs. That would be +13 before FtB, easily keeping pace with the magus in your example. For reference, that hits a CR 6 monster on a 4, or a CR 9 boss on an 8.

22 Dex at level 6?

Even if his Dex was 20 and he wasn't Small, it's still +12 to hit at level 6, which is pretty much the same as an optimized full-BAB without Power Attack.

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Fun fact: we have 60 bottles of vodka left from the wedding. Help plx?

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Valian wrote:


I am not too young, I am 32 years old and have played 2nd edition since the early 90's. I\And you are right, I am not american, but do not have anything against the americans, much the contrary. KISS is a world wide famous expression for everybody who works in a corporative enviroment. Dont be stupid.

Speaking of dumbed-downed modern Amurican culture, KISS rocks.

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TOZ wrote:
He meant the real editions of D&D. You know, 3/4/5E. :)

Actually, Kthulhu is correct. Everything before 3E was Cops'n'Robbers with some random tables for generating harlots and turnips thrown in for teh lulz. I'm not seeing really any difference between them, it's all the same.

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Kineticist is not just Avatar/Korra, it's also pretty much Fullmetal Alchemist and a dozen other anime archetypes. The moment I opened the playtest document I knew the book is going to be pretty much 'Kinetic Adventures + 5 other classes' because all the threads where people broke their craniums trying to build a faithful representation of a Bender or a State Alchemist.

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WotW:

1. Purple prose makes me cringe, and boy is this AP full of it. Let me illustrate the problem:

Paizo/WotC writing style:

"The PCs can now return to Skullhaven for rest and some downtime before the next event plays out"

WotW writing style:

"And lo and behold, the mighty heroes return to Skullport. The ground shakes under their feet. Ill wind blows past as they walk. Darkness gathers where they cast their gaze. One could swear that the sky itself weeps ..."

I much prefer to fill the theatrics with stuff of my own design than having to prune the text from somebody's attempts to be the next Dante Aligheri, thankyouverymuch.

2. The whole "bad guys" aspect of WotW is so hilariously cartoony that at times it reaches satire level. It's like He-Man, and you're Skeletor.

3.

Spoiler:
The assumed outcome of the AP is that the PCs get their heads kicked in by a massive counter-attack of (hilariously cartoony as well, mind you) good guys and the whole AP is supposed to be an "evil is bad" lesson. I don't even.

All in all, we've had fun for the first couple of sessions, but once the PCs were once again called upon by Cardinal Doomdark to perform eeeevil deeds for the Dark Lord, we just collectively gave up. Rigt now my players have far more fun in their Skulls'n'Shackles game, where they can act out a bunch of Chatoic Neutral Dinobots/Jack Sparrows.

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Seeing Eric Monna back large and in charge brings much joy. If only folks stopped mis-pronouncing his name!

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I've notified our Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prepare for a sudden drop in vodka import, filthy koalas.

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RPG Publishing Logic:

Paizo puts out a GM-oriented book: unicorns, love, happiness, harmony, pats on the back, oh guys never mind the page 43 typo, it's splendid all around.

Paizo puts out a player-oriented book: MRRRRRUUUUUAGH HOW DARE YOU PUBLISH A HALF-EDITED COMPILATION OF FAIL, R-WORD AND INSULT AGAINST HUMAN INTELLIGENCE! SKR KILLED ROUGES AGAIN! GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK, THERE'S A TYPO ON PAGE 43!!!!!!!!! FRANK TROLLMAN LIVES!

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Well, that escalated quickly.

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Kajehase wrote:
All hail the windbag and his new windbagette!

'Are you happy to see me, or is it just a baguette in your pocket?'

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Yeah, I feel really good about letting that particular cat out of the bag.

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Which was to say, I got married on September 20 2014! Life has been so hectic ever since that I've barely had time for our Awesome Community, so I totally forgot to brag about it here.

Of course, my wife is an avid RPGer too, we met at a gaming convention and I offered her a spot in my Skulls and Shackles campaign. Our first proper date was cleverly disguised as "character creation". We used 4d6 drop lowest and there was a lot of rolling in the days to follow. Now we're looking forward to visiting the real-world equivalent of Shackles in December as part of our honeymoon campaign.

Some day, we will make it together to PaizoCon. You won't know what hit you, Seattle.

(And yes, I'll link the wedding pic gallery here once it's available!)

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Hungary and Poland are actually two separate countries, thank you very much.

And I am disappointed, such level of geographical ignorance is beholden to the Yankees, it's sad to find it among Kangaroos.

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