So, you thought that getting a steady stream of new Dungeon and Dragon articles full of 4E content every month is a cool part of being a DDI subscriber? Well, here's what the latest Dragon Magazine says:
"In years past, when we found ourselves at the lonely crossroads between game editions, the magazines simply went from one edition to the next with nary a breath in between. This time is different. As we turn our attention to the next D&D® rules set, we’re putting Dragon® and Dungeon® on hiatus. The D&D magazines are going dark beginning in January. In other words, the December issues (#221 of Dungeon and #430 of Dragon) will be the last issues you see for a while."
Page 206—In the Concentration section, replace the
Grappled or Pinned: Casting a spell while you have the
Mostly stuff that was already FAQd, but here it is one place:
Page 57—In the Flurry of Blows class feature, in the
When doing so, he may make one additional attack,
Page 58—In Table 3–10: Monk, in the Special column,
Page 59—In the Ki Pool class feature, in the f irst
Page 496—In the amulet of mighty fists, change the price
While you all were busy talking Monks again, the 6th printing errata of CRB just went live:
Creatures that fail to beat your Stealth check are not aware
Creatures gain a bonus or penalty on Stealth checks
Breaking Stealth: When you start your turn using Stealth,
Heeeelp! My PCs in Skull 'n' Shackles decided to leave the railroad and want to explore Mwangi ruins and are headed for the ruins of Boali. I need a lost jungle city sourcebook/adventure right noooow! There's some tidbits of information in Heart of the Jungle, but that's way to little. Anybody knows some book (can be any edition, honestly) that I could mine for maps/ideas/encounters?
Some time ago, as some of you might remember, the Pathfinder Wiki that used to be hosted on Wikia decided (not unlike many other wikis) to move over to an independent location, and so our current Pathfinder Wiki was born. However, since you can't outright delete a Wiki, the old one, called "Golariopedia" remained in place.
Since I am following Golariopedia (mostly due to laziness and not turning RSS off for it) I first saw that apparently the new Wiki policy conflicts with Pathfinder CUP. In order to remedy that, Golariopedia's administration moved in to alter any product identity in order to remedy the situation (Gozreh -> Gozearoha and so on), but at some point apparently they decided that it's a lost cause and decided to delete the content, leaving the Golariopedia as an empty placeholder.
And then things went funny. Apparently, Wikia removed Mark's admin rights accusing him of running a competitive Wiki and damaging the community. Yeah, that sort of things.
So... what's going on with Golariopedia? Should we all just ignore it and go on with PathfinderWiki?
40yr old. Started with Gygax stuff. Tolkien/Martin/Cook. Not really high opinion of John Carter or anything remotely breaking the fantasy paradigm. 1E/2E those were the days, 3E has gone all the wrong places but at least that's not the atrocity that 4E was. GM is the law, the overgod and it's his game. Players better get ready for pillars of salt and pain. The biggest problem with 3E is that it made players think they actually are entitled to something, like magic item crafting (ugh!). Is usually an introvert with some communication problems resulting from that. Thinks Pathfinder should be less crunch, more fluff, sticks with it because at least it's true to the spirit. Greyhawk, please bow your hat to Greyhawk, youngster. Fighters and Rogues are fine, you just don't know how to play them, I did since 1978 and always had a blast. All those PDFs, WinZiPs and other newfangled toys are confusing. Tomb of Horrors was the real gaming, everything afterwards is watered down cereal. Punishments for death are the thing. Guns and eastern elements are unacceptable. Dark themes and shades of grey are OK, can handle that unless it's about sex-related stuff in which case squick, this is America son, not some European red light district.
20-30. Started with 3.5E. Anime fan, quite likely into Touhou/bullet hell games. 1E/2E were arbitrary egofests of pathetic fat grognards, 3E was the best thing ever, 4E had all the good intentions but went overboard in making everything the same. Players are the stars of the show, and the GM should better try his best to accommodate their tastes and desires. Sorry - "GM" is a wrong term, it implies some form of mastery. Mister Cavern, now that's better. Is usually an extrovert with some communication problems resulting from that. Thinks Pathfinder is at best a poor set of 3.5 houserules, sticks with it because what else? Caster/Martial disparity is a FACT, stop throwing your worthless opinions about it! The fact that SKR failed to fix it (note: SKR is the default bogeyman responsible for everything) and Paizo still didn't fire him makes his head hurt. Tome of Battle was the real thing, now there you could build something that resembled Berserk or Ninja Scroll stuff. Best setting ever - his/her homebrew, duh. Death should be trivial, duh, we're here for fun. Anything that breaks the "dragons 'n' princesses" paradigm is kewl UNLESS it's grimdark because ohmigosh, grimdark is retarded, it belongs in WoD or Warhammer (side note: both are bullcrap!) and not in D&D. Thinks the divide between GOOD and EVIL is binary and any implication of otherwise triggers the grimdark reaction.
Sooo... apparently, WotC has partnered with OBS/DTRPG and some D&D PDFs are available for sale at www.dndclassics.com.
Any word on D&D PDFs coming back to Paizo? Dragon/Dungeon PDFs? Or is the WotC-OBS deal exclusive?
After mulling over whether I want my store credit to fund NPC Codex or Ultimate Campaign I've decided to go with the latter and pick up a PDF of the former. Could you be so nice and cancel my RPG sub for the time being? Thanks :)
Swear to God, I didn't deserve this...
... I'd like to profoundly thank the anonymous benefactor who was kind enough to gift me some store credit for my tangentially useful legal advice. If anybody told me at the first semester of my law studies 12 years ago that I'll end up getting books about dragons and dungeons for my work, I'd laugh silly. Well, now the laugh is on me.
(pssst, Cosmo/Sara! How on earth do I get to use that store credit to fund my next subscription shipment? NPC Codex, here I come!)
You know, I always dislike the imbalance in Force that happens when somebody starts a "Worst feat ever" thread and there's no "Best feat ever" thread right next to it.
So here it is. What is the best feat in your opinion? Of course, you can't compare Power Attack to Maximize Spell, but you can put forth a feat that's so damn cool/useful for your characters that it makes you giddy every time you look at it on your charsheet. It's not just mechanical "best", it's also the cool factor "best".
My candidate: Dazing Assault.
Seriously, like ...
I get that there's a vocal minority who thinks that the Monk class has been violated from behind using some funky monk weapon (ideally one that they are not proficient with, such as the aptly named Monk's Spade) and that SKR and Jason gloat every day about how much misery they have brought to the world by daring to not rewrite Monks in the CRB 3 years ago BUT this is like getting old and yes I am tired of blocking those threads off.
If you guys (I mean the Monk Advocacy Drive, abbreviated as MAD) think that producing thread number 45 *or* hijacking thread number 504 is bringing you closer to your goal I assure you, as a vehement WoW player for 5 years, "buff X" threads don't work.
Unless you're actually voting with your money and dramatically cancelling your purchases and leaving Pathfinder for F.A.T.A.L. or whatever else.
In which case please remember to announce that on the forum so that I can post the obligatory "can I haz ur stuff" post.
I need me some prawns. Problem is, no dice on ordering Bestiary Box from Paizo directly - somewhere between the shipping, the 23% VAT on toys and customs this would be waaay too painful.
Amazon UK is no go as well, knowing them they'll get the product in mid-2014.
I need me some store from EU that ships internationally and has Bestiary Box on sale/preorder. Help plx!
I've sent an email regarding this, but to just to make sure:
Please suspend my RPG subscription so that Ultimate Equipment doesn't ship in the upcoming batch. I've hit a financial snag and need to shuffle things around a bit before I can afford the hardcover.
Please keep all my other subs, and ship them together with the two modules I've added.
Please, don't mix vodka with wine. Unless you have a bucket handy in the morning.
OK folks, here's the deal. Between the "English as second language" problem and overall low level of system mastery, I often have to advise my players on feat/spell choices.
I am curious as to what Spells from APG/UM/UC/ARG make you go "ooooh shiny" or "mmmmm worth considering". I am looking for instant enemies and siroccos. Spells that are solid, good options to offer my players when they stop browsing the CRB (that we can handle) and ask me "Hey G-man, is there anything cool in those big books you got there?")
So fill me in on hidden gems, overlooked pretties and stuff you think that is worth remembering about next to color spray, dimension door, hold monster and heal.
OK folks, here's the deal. Between the "English as second language" problem and overall low level of system mastery, I often have to advise my players on feat/spell choices.
I am curious as to what Feats from APG/UM/UC/ARG make you go "ooooh shiny" or "mmmmm worth considering". I am looking for Furious Focuses and Unsanctioned Knowledges. Feats that are solid, good options to offer my players when they stop browsing the CRB (that we can handle) and ask me "Hey G-man, is there anything cool in those big books you got there?")
So fill me in on hidden gems, overlooked pretties and stuff you think that is worth remembering about next to Power Attack, Improved Initiative, Quicken Spell and Weapon Finesse.
And no, no need to discuss Prone Shooter or Antagonize. Fire away!
Collected for your convenience.
RotRL: The Runelords will return.
So, when is Paizo Kickstarter coming?
So... first Faiths of Balance tells us that the only Neutral deity to have paladin followers is Abadar. We get the code and stuff.
Then we have Tide of Honor which gives us SKR's article on Irori (no paladins mentioned, monks, clerics and druids mentioned as clergy) and the adventure itself gives us... a paladin of Irori.
Is this an oversight in axing out the adventure writer's inconsistency with canon, OR are there any paladins of Irori after all?
Sorry, couldn't resist.
Anyway, my LG Paladin of Asmodeus was forced to use a public toilet during last night's game.
The toilet was situated near an orphanage. It was clearly used often by the children living there, and maybe also by those fat nuns of Darklight Sisterhood.
I told my GM that I want to use that toilet, but he said that it will violate my code. I didn't know why, but he said that if I used the toilet I will have to atone for my sins and my alignment will shift to CN with all the associated consequences.
Figuring out that one of the nuns must have desecrated the toilet, I ambushed the Big Boss Nun during the night and cut her into little pieces, which I then hung around the orphanage to remind anybody that messing with public toilets is bad, OK?
So... what now?
It's still Pending ... and it has books by R. Pett and T. Stewart in it ... I've already gnawed thru the desk in anticipation for the PDFs ... Now I'll go after my neighbour's puppy...please think of the puppy.
*come here, puppy!*
Also, because I'm a jerk: Yes, DigitalMage, it was interesting to wait and see.
I mean, SERIOUSLY.
I HATE dwarves. They are a silly race of drunken idiots who would never go out of their alcoholic stupor to achieve anything IRL.
I HATE elves. They are band of effete pony lovers who can't get their balls straight, you know why? NO BALLS.
I HATE humans. Just look at them. Ridiculous. How can they even walk straight?
I HATE halflings. Look, seriously, Tolkien should have just sued your socks off for knocking off his work.
I HATE gnomes. Get your stupid anime out of my pristine, cherished pseudo-medieval European fantasy and now.
I HATE half-orcs. My aunt Petunia read about them by accident, and you know what? I've had a lecture about how young 30yr old boys like me shouldn't learn difficult words like "rape" yet. Thanks for nothing, Piazo.
I HATE half-elves. No really, can you even imagine how they come to exist?
I HATE Druids. Tree-hugging? Really? OLOLOLOL. Am I supposed to play that? No, really? And animals? Is this pokemon, or a traditional fantasy game? Gygax would laugh at you.
I HATE Barbarians. Again, what's up with you writers? That oversized sword? Rage? RAGE? What do you know about RAGE? My uncle John can come and punch you in the face, then you'll see what rage is.
I HATE Fighters. Look now... This is a fantasy game. Am I to be serious bringing a baurdich-gosamme or some other stupid French word to a magical battle?
I HATE Clerics. Clerics should be sitting in temples and going yadda yadda, NOT running around in chainmail hitting folks on the head with maces. Have you ever seen a priest do so? Me neither.
I HATE Bards. The mere thought of some silly prancing boy with a lute makes me laugh. Sadly, the designers thought otherwise...
I HATE Paladins. Two words, Paladin alignment. Nuff said.
I HATE Sorcerers. Lobotomized poor man's Wizards, olololol.
I HATE Wizards. Glorified Sorcerers yet still inferior to spontaneous casters in every way. Charisma as primary stat, UMD on skill list and no stupid spellbooks for me, every day!
I HATE Rogues. Rolling buckets of dice for sneak attack while my buddies are stuck rolling 1 die for damage is NOT GOOD BALANCE!
I HATE Rangers. Cheap World of Warcraft knockoffs who even can't pick my fave animal (crab) as a companion. Also, they can't pick guns as weapons. WTF?
I HATE Monks. Friar Tuck called to say what Monks really look like. Eastern poisoning of my fantasy continues.
I HATE Alchemists. Look now, an alchemist is a guy who sits in his labs and brew Cure Light Wounds potions, not some turbo bomber.
I HATE Oracles. Lame. LAME, GEDDIT! Duuuh, you folks are too dense to read my brilliant jokes.
I HATE Inquisitors. I've played WH40K and I know what an Inquistor is. Let me tell you - he's an Imperial badass in power armor. The fact that Games Workshop didn't sue Paizo for use of the name yet is beyond my comprehension.
I HATE Cavaliers. I mean, if I wanted to play a knight I'd go paladin, right? I'd just agree with my GM that he is a Paladin of Sodomy and we would be a-ok, no need for a new class for that.
I HATE Witches. I mean, I'm OK with girl witches, but can you imagine a man in a pointy hat with a broom? Is this some kind of joke?
I HATE Ninjas and Samurai. I think I've said this before: GET YOUR EASTERN CRAP OUT OF MY FANTASY.
I HATE Gunslingers. Take the above sentence and replace EASTERN with WILD WEST. Geddit?
I HATE Maguses. Eldritch Knight was perfectly fine, why the hell a new class for gishes? And let me tell you - gish players are the worst type. They constantly try to woo each other at the table. NO THANKS.
I HATE Summoners. Pokemon+Final Fantasy+lots of math. A traditional gamer's nightmare.
There are several new CRB FAQ entries as of today:
Acrobatics: What happens if I fail the check when using this skill to move through an enemy's square?
You lose the move action and provoke an AOO. (Note: This means you can attempt this up to two times in the same round, once as a move action and once as a standard action.)
Update: Page 88—In the Acrobatics skill, at the end of the third paragraph (which begins on page 87), add the following sentence: “If you attempt to move through an enemy’s space and fail the check, you lose the move action and provoke an attack of opportunity.”
Headband of Vast Intelligence: If I wear this item (page 517), do I get retroactive skill ranks for my Int increase in addition to the skill ranks associated with the item?
No. The skill associated with the magic item represents the "retroactive" skill ranks you'd get from the item increasing your Intelligence. You don't get the item's built-in skill ranks and another set to assign however you want.
If I make a shield bash (page 152), does it always have to be an off-hand attack?
The text for a shield bash assumes you're making a bash as an off-hand attack, but you don't have to. You can, for example, just make a shield bash attack (at your normal, main-hand attack bonus) or shield bash with your main hand and attack with a sword in your off-hand.
Update: Page 152—In the Shield Bash Attacks section, in the first sentence, delete “using it as an off-hand weapon.”
Grapple: There are some contradictions between the various rules on grappling. What is correct?
To sum up the correct rules:
1) Grappling does not deny you your Dex bonus to AC, whether you are the grappler or the target.
2) A grappled creature can still make a full attack.
3) Being pinned does not make you flat-footed, but you are denied your Dex bonus.
Update: Page 195—In Table 8–6: Armor Class Modifiers, in the entry for Grappling, delete the superscript “1” after the +0 in the Melee and Ranged columns. In the third footnote, change “flat-footed and cannot add his Dexterity bonus” to “denied its Dexterity bonus”
Update: Page 201—In the If You Are Grappled section, in the fourth sentence, change “any action that requires only one hand to perform” to “any action that doesn’t require two hands to perform.” In the fourth sentence, change “make an attack with a light or one-handed weapon” to “make an attack or full attack with a light or one-handed weapon”
Update: Page 568—In the Pinned condition, in the second sentence, change “flat-footed” to “denied its Dexterity bonus.”
Scrolls: If I fail my caster level check to activate a scroll, but don't have a mishap, is the scroll used up?
Update: Page 490—In the Activation section, in the first paragraph after the bullet points, add the following sentence: “If the caster level check fails but no mishap occurs, the scroll is not expended.”
As much as I intend to get the Beginner's Box, I simply can't afford to order it from you - the 40+ USD international shipping charge is a killer. I'll pick it up via UK Amazon or some other venue, and will be back with you for Bestiary 3!
So, if you could be so nice and cancel my RPG sub for the time being.
I was thinking about something.
There's been a lot of nerdrage over UM (mostly) and UC (less, but still). Much of that was envitable (OMG GUNS BROKE MY FANTASY DIE PAIZO), but I'm wondering, could that be somewhat avoided?
A thought struck me. Paizo splatbooks have a *lot* of authors. Far more than equivalent WotC books. APG lists 13 authors, UM 10, UC 14.
I believe this approach comes from desire to lift some work from the dedicated full-time Paizo designers (all 2 of them) and also to "give that guy a shot at writing a splatbook", as evidenced by RPG Superstars.
Now it sounds great on paper, but what does it lead to? I see several problems emerging here.
1. COHERENCY AND QUALITY
This problem has two aspects. One is the situation where designer A writes X which refernces Y, while in the end Y gets cut from the book (spellbooks in UM and Tetori in UC are great examples).
Another aspect is uneven quality of design. While this is normal for splatbooks, I believe that multiauthor approach magnifies the problem. You get feats/spells/archetypes of very varied quality
Third aspect, repetitions. There are harmless ones (same name used in two different products, eg. the dueling magic weapon quality) and dangerous ones (two feats do the same thing).
UM and UC were both subject to a massive bout of nerdrage, 1-star never buy again reviews, OMG you killed D&D yadda yadda. In some cases, designers were at hand to answer questions and clarify things (Jason Nelson in particular is known to be at hand to help).
But in many cases, answers about rules remain unanswered. Perhaps this is due to the original author not willing to provide comments, while other designers not being sure of his design intent?
3. INTERNAL AWARENESS
Lately I've encountered two situations that baffled me. One was SKR errating brass knuckles in Adventurer's Armory while simultaneously the APG printing of same item didn't get changed. It almost felt if like SKR and Jason have two different views on how one item should work like, something that's surprising to say at least.
Another situation was where James Jacobs was at one time surprised about how Inquisitions from UM work vis a vis Golarion deities, while on the other out stating that he didn't read UC yet. I understand that Jason is a writer and a "fluff" person, but perhaps the scattered approach to writing rules makes it harder for other folks on the team to familiarize themselves with the new rules?
To sum it up - I like both new books (UM less, UC more), but I believe that the shotgun design approach might be showing it's negatives. I understand that Paizo is a small company and it's entire life cycle is dictated by GenCon and Christmas season, but perhaps there are ways to improve the situation? What do you folks think?
Picking up from this thread Erik asked to post our top 10 of favorite Paizo adventures/modules/scenarios. Here's mine:
10 - Pallid Plague (M. Moreland)