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The law is hard, because the contract you read is not actually everything you need to know. for example, if you sign a contract with your employer where you promise not to work in your industry for five years if you quit, that would be unenforceable, because you can not be blocked from making a living.
I like to imagine that the Infernal Courts also have a vast body of case law and probably a constitution.
so you might have a simple looking contract like this:
Where the infernal law codes for contracts may define a 'vast sum of money' as a very precise amount, say 100 gp. They just never bothered to adjust it for inflation since the law was written way back when Rovagug was sealed.
Or you could have taxes consume large parts of their wish. Everyone loves taxes :)
Keep in mind, most wizards, blasters or otherwise, don't want their fireballs to deal full damage to wood. Imagine you have a nice little brawl in the corrupt noble's mansion. He drops a fireball, and all the walls in a 30ft burst disintegrate and the roof collapses :p
Wooden buildings laugh at fireballs. Energy damage applied to objects is first halved, and then reduced by hardness. So a fireball that hits a simple wooden door (10hp, 5 hardness) would need to deal 30 (!) damage to destroy it. So a level 9 wizard on average.
If you think about it, this makes sense. Wood is actually not very "burny." To use wood for a fire, you have to take the effort of making sure it's dry and then build the fire up really carefully.
I think that the baobhan sith from kingmaker (2 or 3) is dumb. She has an aoe daze effect that can not be broken except by killing her. And it is a DC 19 will save on a CR 6 creature.
Our whole party failed the save, then blew two hero points each to get +8 and a reroll. The paladin still failed her save both times (a 1 on the reroll I think). It was a really hard fight.
Why bother with a crust at all? Your hollow world could be a pocket in an infinitely vast plane. This could be taking place on the elemental plane of earth.
I like Matthew Downie Idea about the two separate cultures separated by the gravitational "ocean." It makes the fact that you are in a hollow world relevant to the plot. Maybe one of the cultures has discovered that it's Chosen One was born in the other gravity band. So the PCs must travel through the vast wilderness that is known as The Lands of Weight to retrieve the Chosen One. Those lands are filled with all manner of bizarre organisms, and the pcs must always contend with the extreme gravity.
Once they arrive on the other side, they find a world that is more alien for how similar it is to their own. The customs are strange and their values clash. The supposed Chosen One is unsympathetic to the PC's plight and uninterested in coming with them. Now they must find some leverage or proceed to kidnap him.
Gha, being hit with that boulder hurt... but because it hit me in my weakpoint (the body) it was especially painful.
Though silliness asside, I think it would be really cool to have the sniper rogue manning a cannon in ship-to-ship combat. Or hitting a titan right between the eyes.
While a strict reading of the rules tells us that foci do not count as material components, I think the intent is that sorcerers can cast spells "from the blood" as it were.
Focuses are pretty similar to material components, in that both are found in the spell component pouch, both are physical materials.
Also, note the feat False Focus. It uses the same language as Eschew Materials, but it seems that it was meant to replace foci as well. Or at least that is what I read the flavor as. Since it is hard to impersonate a priest if you sill need to fiddle with bits of leather.
So: I think that the intent of Eschew Materials and False Focus is that they are both there to replace all material/foci components that are not there for balance pourposes.
I feel that, from a flavor point of view, Intimidate causes you to act against your best interest because you are afraid. It impairs your thinking. If you are a creature that can't be scared, then intimidate should not do anything.
A vampire may do what you want when you threaten them with a holy avenger, but it will only do that because it is the rational choice at the time.
Also, the fact that PF is missing the fear effect language that was there in 3.5 might mean that they just forgot it. This happend a lot in other sections of the rules.
It seems meh. You spend a feat and take a -2 penalty all for what? +1 damage from size?
The best you can do is wield a large greatsword which does 3.5 damage more. Compare power attack that gives +3 damage at -1 to hit and it scales with bab.
If lighten weapon removed the penalty altogether it might be ok.
Its not +4. This is because you are giving up an attack to activate it, so it is not correct to use the +X system to price it. Amanuensis provides a good alternative. Though If the weapon was also magical, you would have to multiply the cost of the lower of the weapon price or frost-fall by 1.5.
That said, I think both frost and frosty burst are mediocre enhancments. If you wanted your frosty burst weapon to cast frostfall on a crit, I would probobly allow it.
Well sure, you can trick people and the like. I just meant that Evil is a measurable quantity, like temperature or peanuts. It is a thing that exists. You could argue about whether a creature is Evil or just looks evil but no-one sane will say "well the devil thinks it is good!" Not even the devil.
Redicuous or not, this is how Golarion is. This is also how Greyhawk and Faerun worked. Your home game may be different, but when you are talking to a random person on the boards, this is the assumption. Pretending that it is otherwise and that everyone should know this is a recipe for point-less arguments and frustration.
This is not even accepted as truth in the real world. A substantial number of people will argue that good is what God wills, and is objective. Others might argue that good is that which minimizes suffering, and is thus mesurable and objective.
The point of making alignment objective in Golarion is to reduce arguments at the table by letting the DM say "This is just how it works here. He is wearing his Evil pants."
There is no reason that both can't matter.
Consider the proverbial time-traveler that goes ad kills baby Hitler. The murder of a baby is an evil act. However, preventing the holocaust must be a good act (ignore the paradox problem. Say the time traveler solved it).
So is what the time traveler did a good or an evil act? you can't pick just one, because in that one action there were two acts. Spells are the same way. Summoning a devil is and evil act. Forcing that devil to work at the soup-kitchen is a good act. Whichever of those is metaphysically stronger in your world determines your character's alignment.
Would you not agree that summoning an angel to work your soup-kitchen is a more good act than using a devil?
Objective does not mean that "there is no debate over it on the boards." It means that there is no debate over it in character. A paladin can tell you, with absolute certainty, that a particular person, place or thing is Evil. That's objective.
In the real world, morality could be said to be subjective, as we often talk about what it means to be right or wrong, good or evil.
In Golarion, you can go to a beach whre the sand is Evil. Then you can swim in the Evil lake, and then play with the Evil, but mindless, larve.
Quark Blast wrote:
Why stop there? According to your logic, the PC could attack the BBEG because the fastest way to not be afraid is to remove the source of your fear!
Also, those who are "scared s*%+less" are not "panicked." Panicked people are the guys who trip when running away from zombies.
Ability damage is not really damage. It's more of a debuff. You can convert drain/damage into conditions instead of tracking scaling penalties. Keep track of the damage/drain as normal, but apply regular conditions at certain thresholds.
If the damage is more than 2, but less than half the character's stat, apply the lesser condition, if it is more than half, apply the greater condition. If the damage is more than the stat, then the character is unconscious.
These sort of mimic the effects of ability damage. They may be more dangerous this way since the conditions affect more things, but they don't really scale up.
Adjust the thresholds to fit. It may make more sense to make the lesser condition start at 4 damage and the greater start at a (character's max stat - 4)
Caws Rorec wrote:
Where does it say that double-barrled pistols function as double weapons?
The other double-weapon firearms, like the musket-warhamer specifically call out that they are double weapons.
Defining "natural" to mean "part of the natural world" is sort of silly. Because then you could argue that everything is natural. Even undead, as they appear spontaneously, some would even say naturally. This is not a useful definition.
Natural is usually used to mean X steps removed from what is made by mindless processes. Where X is something reasonable small.
Mark Seifter wrote:
But then this means that both the feat *and* the Attribute is the source.
This ruling bothers me a lot. I feel that this makes it hard to figure out what feats/abilities actually do by reading them. Cause now you have to keep in mind how that feat calculates its numbers. It just feels to me that it is needlessly constraining future design space. The bonus type-system is elegant and intuitive. You can tell what stacks and what does not just by reading a feat or ability. Making attributes sources means that you need to back track where modifiers come from.
A specific example is of Fury's Fall, where whether that feat does anything at all is dependent on if I have Agile Maneuvers or not. And that means that when I take Agile Maneuvers I need to now note on my sheet that my attack bonus now has a dex component.
So, if we are going to be patching all the stuff that this FAQ broke with more FAQ, wouldn't be simpler to have said that untyped bonuses always stack, and then patched the cases that were broken before? Like saying that "fury's fall does not stack with weapon finesse"?
Also, Mark, question about your hypothetical feat that let you add your charisma as a bunch of different bonuses: What would happen if two of the options were:
Would taking both of those options let you have both your Strength and your Wisdom, because both of those are different sources, or is the feat also a source?
Richard Torruellas wrote:
There are no rules for moving too fast in pathfinder. Try again.
Also, with a Clustered Shots and a blink-back belt, we can make attacks with our shield at all targets in 5 range increments for ifinite damage.
I've always wanted to build Master Yi from league of legends. His signature move is moving so fast so as to cut four people before they feel the slash. Standard Wushu stuff. You can do it with the magus and dimensional agility line of feats, but that comes online way to late and I play games that are pre level 10. Also Master Yi does not use shocking grasp :p and he wields a two-handed sword.
An example of how more options can decrease diversity:
Say I add a feat that says: your ranged hits automatically threaten criticals. Ranged characters are already strong, but at this point there is no reason to play any melee damage dealer. Diversity is lost.
On the other hand it is not the case that there is one optimal build. Since your goal is 'defeat the monsters' not 'max dpr' you can for example, buff allies or debuff enemies or controll the battlefield, or be really good against undead, etc...
Lets step back a moment. Do you really need strong-jaw specifically, or are you just trying to beef-up your ac a bit? Whats wrong with a flaming aomf? It boosts damage and saves headaches... items that directly boost attack damage should be priced as +s anyway, so if you absolutely needed strong jaw, id price as a +2 or +3 weapon enchantment.
In my mind, crafting is not supposed to give you half price anything. Its about customization. You find a +1 human bane sword, you sell it for half price and make a +1 undead bane sword. Net gain is 0.
Without the feat, you sell the sword for half price, and then wait for the dm to increase loot drops to bring you up to appropriate wealth :p Maybe you find a +2 sword later, but the correct bane was useful right *now* so the feat is not wasted.