On the contrary I see far more people playing characters who would struggle to exist outside of adventuring. Its rare for characters to bother with an actual profession and crafting seems limited to making magic gear.
I generally build my characters with at least 1 rank in a craft or profession skill, often times more. I see all these basket weaving jokes, and I wonder how Steelgrip the Goliath Barbarian, master of throwing boulders and weaving baskets, would feel about being made fun of.
Steven T. Helt wrote:
I think aberrations generally make for fantastic, scary foes. I've got an aberration heavy campaign right now that is sure to frighten.
I know it's something a lot of people are hoping for (myself included); will there be support for kobolds with non-chromatic ancestry? Metallic alone would be nice, but I had a player in my last campaign who was a heavens oracle kobold with sky dragon ancestry. He was dark blue, had little lightning-bolt shaped horns, and an impressive fu man chu. In addition, I let the kobold dragon breath feat give him a cone of lightning, as befit his ancestry. Support for all that stuff would just be fantastic. Will we see any of this?
Well, this was quicker than expected! I've finished up the introduction and the first two sections, Races and Paths. I'll be adding the rest over the next two or three weeks.
Now, before you grumble at me about how this is in the wrong forum, I would at least request that this be added to the Gude to the Class Guides. If you mods think moving it is really necessary, whatevs, but just put it up in there. Third parties need some loving, too.
Back on topic! Give me any criticism you have on this here guide of mine. I'm all ears. Not guaranteeing implementation, but I will definitely consider it and keep your advice in mind.
I'm building a mercenary NPC that I'm hoping will become a recurring enemy for my party, appearing without warning and relentlessly attacking them until he can't go on anymore.
There are three things I want to achieve with him, in order of importance:
A few things that won't change: He's a half-orc and he's an unbreakable fighter. Don't try and convince me otherwise. Not interested. Right now I've got him at level five for his first encounter with the party, and they're level 2.5ish (using SKR's step-leveling). They'e also not a party ideal for front-line combat; they're an archer ranger, an arcane duelist, a TWF rogue, and a shadow sorcerer. They're more comfortable infiltrating and stuff, which is part of what will make this guy so scary.
His current build, subject to change:
Lukan, Half-orc unbreakable fighter 5
1: Power Attack
Tough as Nails: Endurance, Diehard
2 Fighter: Weapon Focus Falchion
4 Fighter: Ironhide
5 Fighter: Heroic Recovery
5: Step Up
He wields a falchion and wears full plate.
A little side note, is he properly leveled for the party? He'll have two or three level 1 fighter minions with him.
I think the more important question here (it certainly is for me) is how to know what to prepare. People always brag that wizards are the kings of versatility, but how do you know what's coming up? It seems so easy to get caught in a situation you're unprepared for. Sure, you could prepare the same list of generally useful spells every day, but why not play a sorcerer, then? You'll get more of them, and better class features.
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
This is exactly how I view it. And honestly, I might reflavor Paizo psionics as something else - in my heart, DSP is psionics. What I hope, despite the fact that it won't ever happen, is some form of official backing of DSP's stuff by Paizo as the psionics. And then maybe even some collaboration.
My favorite's gotta be Dreamscarred Press. They have created a true love of psionics in me. They'e so well balanced, and their new classes (not the updated XPH ones) are extremely creative, particularly Aegis, Tactician, and Cryptic.
I've become a fan of Abandoned Arts and their class act series. Creative, short books worth giving a look. They just need to expand to more classes. Right now, I think they've just got stuff for Fighters, Wizards, Clerics, Rangers, Druids, Witches, and Barbarians. I think.
Super Genius Games also has their excellent bullet points series. I don't have anything else of theirs, but bullet points are great, and there's a million of them.
Will there be more psionic options for non-psionic classes? A psionic domain, paladin oath against psions, psionic eidolon evolutions, spells related to psionics (particularly anti-psionic spells), psionic masterpieces, a psychic bloodline, even psionic rage powers? These sorts of things could be all kinds of cool. I loved what you did for the rogue, fighter, and monk; why not expand along those lines?
Tolkien is generally a fantastic source for mythic stuff.
As for some examples of what I think a mythic martial character should be capable of without magic, off the top of my head:
-Shouldering a boulder rolling down a mountain so it explodes instead of flattening him.
The Silmarillion, as stated earlier, is a great example for mythic characters. Fingolfin's battle with Morgoth at the Ruin of Beleriand, Turin's slaying of Glaurung, Feanor crafting the Silmarils, Melian warding Thingol's domain, Beren and Luthien's escape from Morgoth. These are all great examples of what mythic characters should be able to accomplish.
People seem to be ignoring the silvanshee posts in this thread. Lay on hands as a paladin of your level with decent charisma, crazy fly speed (90 ft?), constant invisibility, DDoor, stabilize. For other purposes, commune, truespeech, pounce with heroic strength, best scout. Also they're cats.
Hirandhana quickly changes his persona from simple inspector to smooth-talking lady-killer. "Listen, Jan. I saw how you were looking at me out there. You wanted it. But you can't have it, not yet. I need to you to do me a favor. I'm dealing with more than airship inspections in Trigen. If things get hairy, I need you to be able to get me out of there fast. I know we just met, but baby, you want this. Trust me." Diplomacy 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (8) + 4 = 12
The best way to keep your party going is to force them to make characters with solid backstories and motivations and friends and foes, and then make them game revolve around those things. Cater to each character's strengths at diffent times, and focus on their weaknesses at others. I had a similar campaign, but I was given a link to a book that's a system-neutral guide to GMing. It's really changed the way I do what I do. When I read the book, I killed the current campaign (at level three) and started a new one using the advice in the book. It's called Gamemastering, by Brian Jamison. It's available as a free pdf via google search. I strongly encourage you give it a look and see if you think it will help.
A player of mine is playing a grenadier alchemist. They just got to level two, and I realized what kind of awesome things he could do with the character. With the free martial proficiency, alchemical weapon, and explosive missile, he can become quite the explosive archer.
Magic missile, perhaps? I can't think of a more iconic spell in all of gaming. Mage armor would be a good one, too. Shocking grasp has become pretty iconic for the magus. Silent image is another solid choice. That's just what I think of off the top of my head for good choices, I'm sure you've thought of those and more.
I think one word class names are always a better choice, for whatever reason. I like the idea of not going the full spellcasting route. d8, 3/4 BAB, eldritch blast, bloodline-esque pacts. The pacts should all be related to a specific type or subtype of creature. Fey are an obvious first choice, as are demons and devils. It would be interesting to see acts be viewed not as evil, so pacts with diffent types of celestials (azatas, archons, agathions) would be very interesting to see. Eventually you should try to have every type of outsider have their own pact, if possible. I would love a qlippoth or aeon pact warlock.
I was out doing hard work yesterday, and I was inspired by the profusion of earthworms. I decided my world needed more weirdness, so I statted and cultured up some worm people called annelidians. Here's the stats:
+2 Dex, +2 Int, -2 Cha: Annelidians are quick, flexible, curious, and logical, but they are also extremely strange and often unsettling to outsiders.
Darkvision 60 ft.
Slow Speed: 20 ft.
Burrow Speed: 20 ft. Annelidians can breathe while burrowing unless the ground is overly muddy, in which case they must move deeper or go to the surface
Slippery: Annelidians are coated in a thin layer of slimy mucus that makes them hard to hold on to. They gain a +2 bonus on their CMD against grapple attacks and to Escape Artist checks.
Legless: Annelidians do not possess legs. This makes them slow, but they are difficult to trip. They gain a +4 bonus to their CMD against trip attacks.
Strange Appearance: Annelidians take a -2 penalty on all Diplomacy and Disguise checks with humanoids unfamiliar with their appearance. They also have a +2 bonus on bluff checks against non annelidians, because other humanoids are not sure how to read their body language.
Narrow: Annelidians are proportionately thin, and can squeeze and fit in tight places as a small creature.
Regenerative: Annelidians heal quickly and can totally recover from major wounds, even loss of body parts. They heal hit points from rest and long-term care at twice the rate of other species. They are also capable of regrowing any lost body part given enough time. The exact speed is according to GM discretion, but minor or simple wounds, such as the tip of a tentacle, should take a day or two and major wounds, such as an entire tentacle or eye being lost, should take one to two weeks. They also recover physical ability damage at twice the normal rate.
Moist: Annelidians require that they remain somewhat moist at all times. Dry heat and sunlight are very dangerous to their physiology. If an annelidian goes for an hour in high temperatures and sunlight without being covered in water, they begin to dry out. After the first hour, they lose access to their slippery and regenerative racial abilities. Every hour after that, they take 1 point of Con damage. If the annelidian can go back undergoing, submerge itself in water, or if it is sufficiently humid and wet outside, they can avoid these penalties. To recover this damage non-magically, an annelidian must be submerged in water or mud. It immediately regains its slippery and regenerative racial abilities and begins to gain back 2 points of Con per hour.
Languages: Annelidians begin play knowing Annelidian, a verbal and nonverbal language. They are capable of communicating ideas using only the verbal or nonverbal portions of the language, but it is slower and less able to get across complex ideas without using both. Annelidians with high intelligence can also learn Common, Elven, Gnome, Terran, Undercommon, or Dwarven.
Also, their culture is heavily focused on reuse and rebirth, since they just eat rotting organic matter. I've got about two pages of culture and such written so far I can post if you so desire.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Is it too preposterous?
So, I love flumphs. How could you not? Friendly floating flattened space octopus? It's great! That 1 CR is a killer, though. I want my flumphs (or at least one or two of them) to head out with a party of adventurers slaying dragons. The solution: Class levels! The question: What levels would a flumph take? (I'm certainly not adverse to throwing the flumph some ability score increases ala PCs, if necessary)
Edit: And don't think that I don't understand flumphs are supposed to be goofy little advisors and guides. I'm all for that. But I would like the occasional flumph to be unsatisfied with sitting and watching while others go about saving the day. Then he pursues the art of magusry and eventually defeats the grave knight half-fiend antipaladin overlord on the world's highest peak as their armies watch in silent anticipation.
For an example of what I do, one of my players is a busty elf maiden. She's all sorts of sexy. But her charisma is nothing special because she's far too aloof to connect with people. So when she tried to seduce a human guard, it failed because she really only talked about how impossibly hot she was compared to lowly humans.
While I think that there is already a good number of 20-level base classes, I think that Pathfinder could benefit a great deal from adding a few more. Yes, the archetype system allows for a great deal of diversity and customization in addition to the choices that can already be made with a class. And yes, I know that WotC overdid it, but I think the issue with 3.5 class bloat was more with prestige classes than base classes. I don't want ten or probably even five more. But I firmly believe that Paizo could easily create 2 or 3 more truly distinct classes. With the possible exception of the witch and wizard, I don't think any current classes have too much overlap.
So, should there be more classes, even just a few? I would like to see an 8+int skills class without a sneak attack derivative that took a different approach than the rogue. Also, a spontaneous caster that uses the druid spell list. Thoughts, suggestions, criticism?
Forgive me for saying so, but I don't see much point in it. Why make it like everything else, just with different names? Again that has a really 4E sound to it when I repeat it in my head. Part of the fun of 3E is the fact different classes play and function differently. I mean, Barbarians play differently from Druids who play differently from Alchemists, etc. Why class-bloat by making a class that is just a wizard or sorcerer who uses some spells that are named after some psionic powers, but stripping them of anything interesting they ever did?
This. It's why I love good alternate systems like psionics and incarnum. Flavor should be expressed in the rules. It makes things feel like they are different in the the game when they work differently.