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There's three main ones that, while I haven't had everyone yell "NO!" at me, I just haven't had the chance to run them:
Deadlands Set in the Weird West, which is basically the wild west but with magic and mad scientists and demons and stuff like that.
Fallout Or, really, a post-apocalyptic game in general. Part of my problem with this one is finding a good system for it.
Ptolus Because I love the idea of a campaign set entirely inside one city. And I mean *entirely*.
Alternately means: "I've decided not to troll my Paladins anymore and just let them play the game." :P
GM says: "The bar maid seems incredibly taken with you."
Yeah, they do. In Pathfinder, if your plan during a fight is to hit people with sticks or shoot them with arrows, you *need* those extra attacks in order to not be completely useless.
EDIT: Ninja'd by a Ninja
And, funny enough, that feat actually makes your spells *easier* to identify if you cast them Stilled compared to if you had just cast them normally (since the opponent takes a penalty when your spell has somatic components, but they make the check as normal if you use Still Spell on it).
Well, technically, two wolves is only CR3, which would be a Hard fight according to the CR, not Epic. But that's beside the point. :P
The important thing is that, if you don't know, the CR and APL system is, basically, stacked in the player's favor. A CR = APL fight is supposed to be fairly easy, and you don't get to an actual fight that's "fair" and could go either way until about CR = APL+4. Yeah, this means that fights can feel fairly easy, but that's the intention. Feel free to consider your party as a higher APL if both you *and* your friends want a harder game.
As to your last question: Is it too much? No. Should you do it? If it's their and your first game, I don't think so. If it's your first campaign, take your time. That way, you and your players can get yourselves used to what you're capable of each level. They have time to absorb and learn their new abilities, and you have time to get used to their capabilities before you level up and throw your expectations out of whack again.
Yeah, I've yet to see a good set of fumble rules, at least for D&D/Pathfinder.
Other systems have had them and done them well, but those always had four main things to make them not-suck:
The only damage caused by blowing up 340 spellbooks with Delayed Blast Fireballs is whatever damage the Delayed Blast Fireballs themselves would do. A standard spellbook is not magical on its own, so all blowing it up would result in is a destroyed spellbook.
Even if they were, say, all Blessed Books instead of the standard spellbook, still the only result would be that the books are now ash and the Delayed Blast Fireballs do what they do.
I'm going to have to echo the sentiment that concealment does not necessarily negate all forms of precision damage.
There's multiple things that cause precision damage, and they vary on whether they say concealment negates them. I'm inclined to just look at the ability and see what it says it does or does not do, instead of making assumptions based on how other, vaguely similar abilities work. Does it say it's negated by concealment? Then it is. Does it not say that? Then it isn't.
Because there's no actual definition for precision damage, we have to look at each appearance of precision damage separately until such a time that it is fully defined.
And, as for the Shadow Strike discussion, it wouldn't be the first time that a feat was printed in the rulebook line that didn't actually do anything. ;P
I pretty much always play the heroic types, but they're rarely the perfect knights in shining armor. Even my Paladins get pissed off and make enemies and form grudges and can be petty.
Partially why I play the hero is because I can't think of a way to have a character in Pathfinder/D&D and have them be all about the gold and getting money and have it make any sense. I mean, by the time you finish that first dungeon (or, at the latest, hit level 5) you've got so much money you could never work another day in your life and still be fairly comfortable. To me, that means there needs to a be a deeper motivation than "I want money" even if it is just as selfish.
1 - I'd say any of Destruction, Justice, or maybe Protection would be best for that. Unfortunately, getting even a +1 to Destruction takes 6 levels of favored class to get, and Justice and protection would take 10 levels to get a +1. I'd personally probably go with the HP or Skills unless you really like those judgments.
2 - He would get to use Acrobatics, because Acrobatics says
You cannot use Acrobatics to move past foes if your speed is reduced due to carrying a medium or heavy load or wearing medium or heavy armor
And a Dwarf is specifically not slowed down by medium/heavy armor.
From the section on saving throws on the PRD:
Succeeding on a Saving Throw: A creature that successfully saves against a spell that has no obvious physical effects feels a hostile force or a tingle, but cannot deduce the exact nature of the attack. Likewise, if a creature's saving throw succeeds against a targeted spell, you sense that the spell has failed. You do not sense when creatures succeed on saves against effect and area spells.
True, but there are more than a few Gunslinger deeds that work so long as you have a point of Grit left, without needing to spend it. Perhaps this Dex to damage deed would work similarly?
Your question does make sense, but the game doesn't assume that standard skill checks (like picking a lock) are going to give XP, unless maybe said lock is necessary to complete the quest and get quest XP.
Generally, XP is only given for combats, traps, and story. Skill checks, unless they're necessary for one of those things, don't give XP.
The spell specifically says it targets one creature, and that you treat the target (in other words, that one creature) as if it were that type of Favored Enemy.
So, you cast it on one demon, you've got your +6 human bonus against him. You don't have it for any of the other demons, since they weren't targeted.
EDIT: Ninja'd really hard while reading the rest of the thread. :P
I'm looking at that screenshot of the PRD, second paragraph of "Lava Effects", second sentence, says "Immunity or resistance to fire serves an an immunity or resistance to fire, lava, or magma." Unless that's not the part I'm supposed to be looking at, it looks to me like it doesn't say that Fire Resistance 1 will result in total lava immunity.
In my current campaign, I have it so that the player rolls once, and if it's less than half their hit die they roll again, keeping the better of the two. Allows for, but greatly diminishes the odds of, low HP rolls.
When we get closer to finishing this campaign, I'm gonna ask them how the group would feel switching to static HP gains at each level. Not sure what formula I'd wanna use. I'm thinking either 1/2 HD +1, or .75 HD round up. So d6 would be 5, d8 would be 6, d10 would be 8, and d12 would be 9, with the latter.
I ignore challenge rating entirely,except for counting up xp...but CR appropriate encounters are almost always a pushover (in my experience).
In case you didn't know, that's actually intentional. A combat of CR = APL is supposed to be fairly easy to deal with. It isn't until you get to about CR = APL + 4 that a fight is truly fair and likely to go either way.
As for the rules that bug me, personally... the whole concept of the "big six" and necessary magic items. Or, more specifically, that the game assumes you have the big six, but never outright states it, nor tells you what the game math assumes you have.
To use a somewhat extreme example, two 10th level parties, one who gets nothing but interesting magic items like Capes of the Montebank and Gloves of Storing and other things like that, and the other gets nothing but the big six, are going to be completely different in terms of capability. But the rules make no indication that that's the case. The closest thing is the suggestions on building PCs after 1st level.
What I prefer is either like 4e D&D where they basically tell you what kind of +s the game math assumes you have at a given level, or like most other RPGs where the game is designed so you don't need magic knick-knacks, they're just a nice bonus.
I love giving out cool magic stuff, I just want the game to tell me either A) We balanced this assuming they have +X gear at Y level or B) We balanced this assuming no magic stuff and anything you give is just a cool bonus.
So, just as an example, I'm going to assume you're a fighter with a mundane longsword in one hand, an 18 strength, no feats except Vital Strike, or anything except Weapon Training, your Strength, Vital Strike, and your Base Attack Bonus.
You Vital Strike as a Standard Action, leaving you with your Move Action to run around.
You only get one attack when you Vital Strike. This attack is at +11 (+6 Base Attack Bonus, +4 Strength, and +1 Weapon Training). On a hit, you will do 2d8+5 damage (1d8 for the Longsword, plus another d8 for Vital Strike, +4 Strength, and +1 Weapon Training).
If you perform a Full Attack, that's a Full Round action. You have no actions you can take on your turn this round except your Swift Action and Free Actions, as a Full Round Action consumes both your Standard Action and Move Action to perform.
This lets you make two attacks.
The first is at +11 (+6 Base Attack, +4 Strength, and +1 Weapon Training).
Each attack does 1d8+5 damage (1d8 for the sword, +4 Strength, and +1 Weapon Training) if you hit with it.
And, as a little extra thing you might not know, if you Full Attack you can choose to abort the Full Attack *only after the first attack* and have your Move Action to spend instead. You can't abort after you make your second attack.
Hope that helps clarify things even more for you. :)
And, even if you assume that NPCs use the Profession skill for income, that's (assuming they take 10, have it as a class skill, Skill Focus, one rank, and at least a +1 to Wis) still only ~9 gp a week, which is 468 a year. That's about quadruple Abyssian's number, so it'd take him *still* about 13-14 years.
What demands were those? I was curious but skeptical after hearing that del Toro wanted to do At The Mountains of Madness, but haven't been keeping up with it much.
I don't know how many people here are fans of his, but I felt somebody should post something regardless. Even if I'm the only one who would recognize him here, I feel the need to talk about it and says something. I dunno, I'm rambling, and have never been good at writing things involving feelings.
Justin was an incredibly entertaining, positive, and upbeat producer of videos showing import games that people can play without knowing any Japanese. I didn't know him personally, but everybody who did calls him one of the most friendly, lovable people they'd ever met. Nobody had a bad thing to say about him.
Tragically, he took his own life Thursday, January 23rd. He's left behind a wife and many loving friends and family.
Justin's wife, Jenny, making the announcement wrote:
URL added by me, to the video in question.
For those of you unfamiliar with his work, here's an introduction to his work.
For those of you unfamiliar with him, here's an introduction to who he was.
I don't know if this post will fall on deaf ears, but I felt I should mention it. I didn't know him, but the world became a little less awesome the moment he left it.
Peace be with you, J-Dub. And all my best wishes go out to your friends and family. I hope you've found peace.
Minor note here, but I'm pretty sure that Timebomb meant that one item should NOT occupy more than %50 of the character's wealth.
Seems obvious to me, but wanted to clarify just to be safe.
A player of mine is playing a grappling Barbarian guy, and we're having a little debate about how it works. I've bolded the main bit that we're talking about, and hoping to have it resolved before he hits the level where he starts using it.
Let's assume that he rolled his Move action grapple and decided to Damage the monster. Now, he wants to Damage the monster again. Does he
A) Have to make another roll to do the second Damage. This is my opinion, since it says that it allows for two grapple checks to be made.
B) Automatically does the second Damage. This is his opinion, since it says that you aren't to make required to make two checks and only need to roll one to maintain.
Thanks for helping clear this up, in advance. :)
My groups (I have an IRL group and an online group) tend to average 1-2 months for each book.
Regarding the Ice based casters... so long as they have spells to use when up against things resistant/immune to Cold, they should be okay. Just keep in mind that there are going to be a *lot* of things resistant or immune to Cold.
This has been brought up a lot, and is something most everybody has agreed would be pretty cool if it happened.
Unfortunately, as the bag said, they wouldn't really be able to use any of the rule set, and that's something for a game developer to come to Paizo about doing, not really something Paizo's gonna knock out on their own. :/
I'm having a similar issue with my Magus in a game I'm playing in. Though only in combat. Outside of combat I roll fairly well.
My GM went insane and gave me a magic sword that attacks Touch AC, we're about level 4, so Touch AC is averaging 12 or so (with many of our opponents being really dexterous and having a 14), and regular AC is something like 16-18, sometimes a little higher.
Since I've gotten that sword, I can't seem to roll higher than a 6 on my d20 for attack rolls. It's shenanigans.
Edit: Yet I use the same dice when I GM, and they really want to kill the party!
I assume you're talking about real-life monks here. To which I must respond: So what if the bad ass monk phenomena is based off of a few extremely particular monastic traditions? Or that real monks are mainly pacifists?
It's those bad ass monks that the Monk class is designed to emulate, so the Monk should be really good at beating people up.
The Deluxe Explorer's Edition is how I got into Savage Worlds. I don't know what they changed between the original Explorer's Edition and this one, but here's what I can tell you.
It's still only $10.
If you're talking about Shadowrun, don't worry, you only need the core rulebook (the big one that's just called "Shadowrun") to play. All the other books that say something like "A core shadowrun supplement" or "A core Shadowrun book" aren't actually necessary. Useful, yes, but not necessary.