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zergtitan wrote:
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Have you ever been to New England?

Nope.

Furthest east I've been is somewhere in Atlanta, at the airport, which was a long complicated flight to Gen Con. The furthest east I've been OUTSIDE of an airport is Indianapolis, for Gen Con. Not counting trips to Gen Con... I've never left the Washington/California (and thus Oregon) side of things.

Wow! Knowing that you're such a Lovecraft fan, I find that surprising!

Any place in New England you'd like to visit some day?

Providence, Rhode Island.

The Smithsonian.
Point Pleasant, VA.
New York.

Believe it or not Boston can be a great place to visit as well.:)

*New England unfortunately doesn't have the Smithsonian or Point Pleasant. It's the state region of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Plus Massachusetts is also the setting of many of Lovecraft's works; Bonus Points ;)*

We've got a Point Pleasant in New Jersey!

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Zelda Marie Lupescu wrote:
So, that prompted this question now... given this story, how much do you as GM (and players welcome to post too) see fluff like the above vs. rules? Should a gillman who speaks Aboleth know what an aboleth is, even as a myth (kinda like what a non-D&D player knows about dragons) or is it truly "I don't care if you speak their language, you don't know what they are unless you roll at least a 30 on your Knowledge Dungeoneering check" (and that's just me making up a number, based on how my friend suggested their rarity)

The GM's call is an entirely reasonable one, even if it is being delivered in a rancorous atmosphere between you too. Your GM should give such answers with grace... And you need to learn to accept the fact that what a GM says IS the final ruling for the setting he's running... even if it's Golarion. IF the GM and every single Paizo dev disagree on a setting element, it's still the GM that's right.

We have absolutely no idea how the Gillmen were created. (yes we know the who, but that's not the same as knowing the how. and the gillmen themselves aren't that more knowledgeable about the topic.) Remember that aboleth are consummate manipulators very good at keeping their hands in while remaining hidden.

To this day, I did not know that Gillmen spoke Aboleth.

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I'm simply going to say that Jason B. is wrong on this as his interpretation is not supported by the spell text.

But we aren't going to get anywhere on this. The folks who want this spell to be as powerful as Dominate Monster, aren't going to be swayed by any further argument, any more than those who feel it should be kept to a reasoable power level for first level spell.

At this point the thread is going to be nothing more than repetitive.

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Which AP villain would you say would be the best disposed to do an evil laugh about their plans and stuff? I know usually the protagonists aren't present in the exposition scenes those laughs normally accompany so the odds of the villain doing so in front of the PCs is slim, but I'm curious all the same.
Karzoug. He kinda does this already a few times during the AP; once at the end of part 4 and again at the end of part 5.

What's his evil laugh like? Subtle chuckling? Loud and bombastic "MOO-HA-HAing?" Insane cackling of the variety that Mark Hammill built his post-Star-Wars career on? I'm curious and if I ever run this AP myself I wanna do it justice.

I suppose the Runelords ARE Golarion's supervillains.

Vincent Price of course.

Who would you assign Boris Karloff or Bela Lugosi's laughs and exprssions to? Bonus points for Mark Hamill.

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darth_borehd wrote:
What should happen to a character who tries to wish for more wishes?

Depends on how much Monkey Paw sadism you drive your DM to with inane requests like that one.

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Is levels in one of the Hellknight prestige classes required to be a Hellknight? What about wearing the armor? Can a person join the Hellknights, earn the right to wear the armor, yet not take the prestige class?
Since the Hellknight prestige class is a prestige class... no. You don't have to have levels in the class to be in a Hellknight order. Most folks who don't are known as armigers, but there are some non-Hellknights in the group as well. You can likely earn the right to wear the armor in some rare situations (and of course anyone who wants to wear it can anyway, which isn't as big a problem in regions the Hellknights don't patrol)... but you have to have levels in the class to gain those special Hellknight armor perks of course.

My PFS Summoner has Armiger rank in the HellKnights thanks to Cheliax faction Prestige. He doesn't wear the armor, nor have any ranks in the PrC. The one benefit he has from this is +3 to Diplomacy/Intimidate rolls vs. HellKnights.

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Anybody remember the time people found out that Chik-Fil-A donated money to groups that advocated for the execution of homosexuals and then social media caused a huge boycott that drove them out of business?

And this plus your nonsense question about bigots outnumbering the oppressed means what? That the idea of fighting such evil is nonsense? That every oppressed minority should just roll over and take it, because it won't change, and they are in the wrong anyway because they are a minority, and majority makes right?

There are some folks in Fergueson, Selma, and Stonewall who beg to disagree.

I believe he's saying that the free market solutions to bigotry don't work, and are evidenced not to work, so the libertarian hypothesis that the free market will take care of it is bunk, because evidence > ideals.

They serve at the very least the purpose of calling attention to the issue. The threat of a boycott alone has spurred about 40 buisnesses in Indianapolis to put up a "We Serve Everyone" sticker on the door.

I'd say that's salutory proof of the effectiveness on a boycott. And I'm not cynical enough to believe that bigots are the majority of the local population.

They're simply amongst the loudest.

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Did he declare who was attacking? He could attack a clump of grass and still benefit from Combat Expertise.

A designer said something to that effect long ago, during the 3.5 days I think.

That's the designer. If you're not engaging in real earnest combat, the feat doesn't kick in... at least not on my table.

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Wait, do you still have giant ants and/or graboids there?
I don't think so...

That's what a graboid Giant Ant WOULD say.

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This line from my spouse silenced not only a table but a whole room of tables at Origins a few years back during a running of Return of the Temple of Elemental Evil, a Living Greyhawk event.

"If I survive the next round, I'll give you a blow job."

Character in question, was one shotted by a critical hit from an ogre's great club the next round, from full hit points to dead.

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Where'd you get the idea for Balthazar's eidolon?
My original sketch showed Balazar's Eidolon as a bear (I'm not sure if I have a copy of that?) However, the Eidolon needed to be an unearthly creature. I was considering some sort of snake creature because I liked the curved shape it created around the main figure. After putting on some feathers and playing around with different animal shapes, I eventually changed it to a deranged cockerel - like a Cockatrice.
Balazar's Eidolon as a bear

Thanks for digging out the image Auke.

It only occurred to me after I'd painted the Summoner that I could've easily made it into an Owl-Bear type of creature.

Kind of amusing that part of the notation reads "Player's Handbook".

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Drugs are drugs, not poison, they operate under a completely different mechanic. Being immune to poison does not affect them the slightest.

I would also say that Addictions are specific exceptions to the general rules on diseases, because as above, they operate under the Addiction mechanic, not disease. So yes, a Paladin can get herself addicted if she's careless, or someone has slipped her the drug without her knowledge.

You are right that drugs are not a poison but addiction IS classified as a disease.

I think Paladin's may have other issues (alignment/code of conduct) that prohibit them from drug use without consequence but their disease immunity should, RAW, prevent them from developing an addiction. Druids and Monks would have similar benefits and of course Witches and Clerics, etc. might use drugs knowing that they can remove the negative effects with magic.

All squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares. Addiction Is classified as a disease, but it's ALSO operates under it's own mechanic, not the disease mechanic. It's best operating that way so that you can present another temptation for Paladins to avoid, or something they may have to deal with.

This is why there is no such thing as a Remove Addiction spell.the effects on a character are addiction efffects not disease effects so none of the above characters can count themselves either safe or with easy outs from them. It also makes for good story possibilities which should not be turned away from.

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Your problem is that you're seeing everything as a binary yes or no. Charisma checks work in that wide spectrum between called "Maybe".
The spell is a yes or no question. Is the NPC convinced to carry out the order or Kill themselves to not have to? If you feel there's a way your views and what Jason said please elaborate more on it to help me see it. Because with what you've said so far I don't feel it addresses the issues that Jason brought up.

One... Jason did not bring it up, the message board poster did. He gave a response which was mostly "It's up to the GM to figure out the situation would pan out." He did not give out an ironclad mechanic formula, nor did he feel that one is appropriate.

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I don't see anything wrong with rape fantasies. Humans fantasize about all sorts of thing that we would hate to experience IRL. Just see how many people are excited about the idea of a zombie apocalypse. I doubt any significant number of them would actually enjoy losing their families and friends to undead cannibals..

I suspect the main appeal is the total destruction of civil authority. You can pretty much do whatever you want if you're strong enough, despite all the negative connotations of the situation, it's a pretty strong power fantasy. In fact many of the antagonists, and quite a few of the protagonists are people who lose themselves into that fantasy.

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What's the DC on a CHA check for "murder your family" anyway?

DC "Not gonna happen".

Charisma DC checks are only applicable for something a person MIGHT do. Like getting the guard slip you past the gate because "you left something inside."

So how does your stance and example work with the example that Jason gave? Where in charm person does it say that "there's an opposed charisma check to convince them to do something they might do but haven't really done" instead of "Charisma check to convince them to do something they wouldn't do"? Again, in the spell they help you and do things they'd normally do for a good friend with NO CHECK. There's only a check to convince them to do things THEY WOULDN'T DO.

It works perfectly with Jason's stance since I'm not leaving out the part where he says " it is really up to the GM to decide what is inside and outside a creature's general willingness" Maybe the person in question hates his family and is just looking for a shove to get him into doing something he wants to do. Charm Person IS NOT DOMINATE. If the person truly loves his family, there is no check because harming them is way outside his general willingness. On the other hand though, he might loan you his horse if you asked nicely.

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What's the DC on a CHA check for "murder your family" anyway?

DC "Not gonna happen".

Charisma DC checks are only applicable for something a person MIGHT do. Like getting the guard slip you past the gate because "you left something inside."

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Does porn lead to rape? I don't think it's a very answerable question. I also don't think it's the right one.

A more relevant question is does porn contribute to a culture of treating women as objects? Does it's portrayal of sex, women, men feed the urge of men to call out to women they see on the street? Do the members of NAMBLA watch child pornography when they gather together? What's the difference between the hard porn of videos, and the soft porn of NcSoft video games in how they influence the environment?

There's been a very vocal pushback from within the gamer community against the recent self generated reforms in game authorship. I suspect that all of these have some connection with each other.

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I'm sorry but where is the Pathfinder Society described as a small organization? I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure I've read at least one source that claimed it was the largest, most powerful organization in the world and if its field agents were ever centralized it would likely constitute the largest standing army in Golarion.

That, I find extremely inplausible. The Aspis Society is far larger in numbers than the Pathfinders. It's a complete mercantile empire, comparable to the Dutch East India Company whereas the Pathfinders are more like a somewhat large League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

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Joynt Jezebel wrote:

Something worth noting is what the research tells you about the effect of porn on viewers.

It essentially leaves you wanting to do what you see. So if porn showing people just having sex leaves you interested in sex.

This sounds fine but one of the causes of partner rape is wanting to get the woman to do things the man has seen in porn she doesn't want to do. If you know what is in a lot of hard core porn you can easily see how this can happen.

I think it also means the law in Australia is sensible. You can show sex but not sex with violence or abuse. This is in contrast to Japan where rape is a big theme in porn and other media. Worse, rape where the woman loves it in the end.

Do you have links to this? Because such a powerful statement, if backed up by hard numbers, is a really big deal.

Note - I'm not denying or challenging this. Pornography definitively triggers the Pavalovian response, which is perfect for conditioning.

I'm just curious about sources, and how much solid evidence for "I see, must do" actually exists as a link between them in pornographic material. Is the response "Yeah, I want that kind of thing in real life!" or "Yeah, I wanna see more of that kind of thing on the tv! ... ew, never in real life!" (as I know that there are certainly elements of my own fantasy worlds that contradict my preferences in the real world).

I am going to have to withdraw my original post.

I had a look at the research. It is a mess of competing claims. One article that seemed better referenced and thorough to me is here http://www.christopherjferguson.com/pornography.pdf.
Contrary to what I thought, the rate of rape in Japan is low. And while porn became more available in the US and Australia in the 90s and 2000s the rate of rape was falling in these countries, much of the time anyway. And the availability of largely unregulated porn on the internet since the 90s hasn't resulted in...

Trying to make direct comparisons between Japan and the United States is extremely complicated. On the one hand you have a polyglot mix of cultures. On the other hand you have a more or less monoculture with values very foreign to American thought and a language that does not even fully translate. Gratitude in Japanese for instance, is expressed through any of seven different words which embody varying levels of resentment. Our version simply does not translate into Japanese. And that's important because you think in your native language.

Pornography in Japan, and much of the Far East, simply does not exist in the same context as Calvinist America. Japan despite it's samurai heritage, is not a culture of guns and violence that America is. On the other hand, we'd have problems understanding the concept of a Buddhist cult that throws nerve gas into subways, because of the assumptions we make about Buddhism.

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If Indiana loses Gen-Con, they will literally lose the largest convention event that comes to the state. And all that tourist spending money that comes with it. Of course a state full of Bible Belt fanatics might just be willing to cut their own nose off to spite their face.

I think this is a tough one to actually discuss and actually reasonably solve. Edit: Also, if you can't read through all the post, just read the last two paragraphs. I can already see people jumping to conclusions that are already answered in the rest of my post and accusing me of things that I'm not actually saying. So to those who hate, if you read, just skip to the end so you don't jump to conclusions and respond before reading what my actual opinion is on discrimination vs. equality is and which I actually support.

First, everyone SHOULD have freedom of religion and the freedom to PRACTICE that religion. The government should not create any religious state, THAT INCLUDES AN ATHEIST state (by all intents, it counts as a religion, just like scientology and other New Age religions count) which was the STATE religion of the USSR (we see how that worked out for religious freedom) and I believe is still the State religion for China.

For example, if one feels that their religious practices demand that they smoke, no one should be able to force them to violate their religious beliefs and they should be allowed to do so (for example, the few that smoke peyote as part of their religious traditions).

If one feels that they are not allowed to drink alcohol (several religions) they should not be forced to drink alcohol.

If one feels they should not deal with women during their menstrual cycles, or deal with blood, and are unclean if they do so (a few religions as well), then they should not be forced to violate their religious beliefs (and in the process become unclean and unable to participate in some religious ceremonies).

If one feels that associating with Homosexuals is a violation of their...

So, Grey, my religion demands that I sacrifice chickens at high noon and rush hour on Main Streeet. You okay with that?

None of our rights are absolute. All of them have constraints. When your religious expression runs into the rights of other people to exist as equal members of our society, yeah...that's where the limits come up.

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DM Beckett wrote:

We are told the Pathfinder Society are the good guys, or well, they are Neutral. We are also told the Aspis are evil bad guys. But not really shown much to back that up.

In one scenario, you see them brutally enslave people to excavate a ruin, working them while they're half-starved and suffering from exposure.

In another they murder people and set up the Society to take the blame.

That's not enough for you?

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LazarX wrote:
The President may win the round. But given that unquestioned support of Israel is a sacred cow that even Democrats give way for, he's not going to win the war.

Agreed. And I should note I don't really have a horse in this race.

But as far as this attempted PR coup, I'd say this one goes to the president. And that serves to underscore just how poorly conceived the plan was to begin with.

And there are some hints there are cracks in that unquestioned support.

There are always hints of cracks. But they never run any deeper than surface blemishes. There are two guaranteed things that will finish any political career.

1. Admit to being an atheist.
2. Advocate reducing, much less cutting off aid to Israel.

Almost anything else is forgivable, but utter any of those and watch your party drop you like a hot potato.

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What's being missed by the libertarian argument here (and I -am- a libertarian) is that the property in question may be privately owned, but it is being held open to the public as a business.
Which in a libertarian view does not open you up to government regulation. Its still your private business that serves the public, not the public that gets to tell you how to run your private business.

Actually it does. If your private buisness is a restaurant, you'd better be abiding local health codes or you may find yourself shut down. Simmilarly, you may be subject to fire codes, "blue" laws, any of a bunch of other regulations that DO need to be taken into account in how you run your buisness.

Private property is not an absolute right... It never has been, save in the days of Kings, when all property in a kingdom reverted to him, and others held it at His Pleasure.

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As a Christian myself, I oppose the idea of the state giving out marriage licenses as marriage was originally intended as a religious institution blessed by whatever higher power you believed in way back in the day, whether it be God, Zoroaster, Allah, Buddha, Brahman, or whoever. IMO the government should issue civil union licenses to any couple who wants them, and if a couple (gay, straight, "living in sin", or celibate) wants their union blessed by their god take it to a church, synagogue, mosque, coven, or whatever that will bless it. This way homosexuals can have government recognition of their union without religious connotations if they don't want them, but can if they do.

Unfortunately.. civil union licenses do not grant the full legal privileges of marriage. And no matter what it was INTENDED for, marriage is a secular legal status that impacts on almost 2,000 legal issues that a couple may be faced with in the course of their shared lives.

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I could be mistaken. But I get alot of that response here when I mention PFS. So my hypersensitivity on this subject may trip some false alarms on my part.

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You might want to back up a second and recognize that you are essentially saying we should outlaw people being wrong.

Think about that for a second.

Nope. People can be wrong all they want...until that wrongness impacts someone else.

More to the point, who decides who is "wrong" on these matters? From an objective standpoint.

"I hate black people" is an opinion. It is a bigoted opinion, but it isn't "wrong". You can't prove to the man that he does not, in fact, hate black people.

Perhaps it is morally wrong, but I doubt anyone here wants to see the world after it has been taken over by the morality police (I imagine if would look a lot like Australia will in 20 years, if you pay attention to what's going on over there).

The thing is... the way you've responded you seem that it's more important that bigots be allowed to hold their opinions, express their opinions, and act on them then the rights of the people they seek to victimize. And for progressives to do the same is some kind of ethical/moral crime.

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Like I said before... Bigotry's response to Progressive movement is to pushback.

Nothing is gained by accepting that push. The only sane response is to push harder, especially by voting with your dollars, the only language this country truly understands, no matter which region you're talking about.

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Kalindlara wrote:
Technically, what falls within "religious freedom"? In theory, couldn't an individual claim "religious freedom" as a reason to deny service to African-Americans as well? It seems like the alternative is a government decision about your religious teachings...

No.. the alternative is the existing standard, a non-discrimination clause which prohibits discrimination on the basis of creed, gender, race, etc. Freedom of religion, like freedom of speech is not unlimited, nor absolute. The exercise of both is constrained by consequences. Such as the penalties for yelling FIRE! in a crowded movie theatre or making a bomb threat against an occupied building.

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tnsi wrote:

If anything, the bill should exclude company entities- such as the cases where the business is incorporated or otherwise is separated from yourself.

If you're the sole business owner, in the sense that you are the legal owner of the business and the business assets- in that the business is not a legal entity separate from the owner(s), then it should be treated as private property not unlike a home. On the other hand, if it's a company entity, where the business and the owner are separate entities in the law, then the business should be exempt from the law. While people can have religious beliefs, a completely imaginary entity that exists only under the law cannot. ^^

i.e. A mom and pop shop might be able to block someone, but McDonald's would not, maybe?

Have you forgotten Hobby Lobby so soon?

LGBT made some real progress in this country in the last couple of years. What we're seeing now, is the start of the pushback.

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DualJay wrote:

@LazarX: I would argue that the state government has a "compelling interest" in burdening ones' free exercise of religion if that burden is done to save a life.

In the terms of the law he proposes, Indiana's Governor begs to disagree.

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Toy Story II, and III for that matter

Back to the Future II and III aren't quite as good as I, but they are really good sequels nonetheless

Aliens of course. It has been stated, but it's worth repeating.

Back to the Future was really one movie done in three parts.

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By the way, to all you of you self-styled libertarians who think that this law is a such a great idea.

Hospitals are generally run as a private business. Under the terms of this law, you can be brought to an Emergency Room in mortal distress, and the attending physician can decide not to treat you. He's not doing any harm to you... he's just refusing to save your life.

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This is my PFS Guide! There are many like it, but this one is mine.

My PFS Guide is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.

;-)

Until the revised edition comes out next year.

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At the risk of having Sissyl bite my head off, I'm going to present an alternative viewpoint.

All of the focus on comparing this case with other instances of child pornography focuses on the idea that the putative victim is the child being imaged and that the person in this case should be excused because she was photographing herself.

The problem with that point of view is that it ignores a very important fact. Child pornography peddled around as mass media is not just injury to the child itself. It's further damage to children at large as it feeds and enables a culture of child objectivism. Whether the author is another person, or the child herself does not change the effect of child pornograhy in general.

Should she have been tried, convicted, and sentenced as an adult? I'm inclined to disagree. But what she did is not a innocent act in terms of it's consequences.

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This is where you and I agree to disagree. A Paladin who is the least bit able is bound by duty to be fighting the good fight. If he can't fight on the front lines, he should leading those who can. Death should be the only retirement for a Paladin's call to battle, unless he renounces his dedication (and his Paladinhood)

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Did you know that there's a SKELETON inside you RIGHT NOW?!

One of the most freakish necromantic spells for either 3rd edition or Pathfinder was a spell that animated the skeleton in YOUR TARGET'S BODY as a hostile undead creature which of course would immediately start attacking the flesh bag it was supporting.

Do you recall it?

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More generally I believe that a woman(or man) should have the right to do whatever the heck they want with their bodies.

Prostitution is a weird case where it is illegal to sell something you are legally allowed to give away for free(and even expected to do so by society).

If that was the only issue that this brings up, I'd be cheering you on all the way. Unfortunately it isn't. there's everything I've mentioned before, plus exploitation thrown into the mix as well.

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Zelda Marie Lupescu wrote:

In the original Pathfinder Campaign Setting for 3.5 it talked briefly about the Gillmen and said they are humans but they lose the bonus feat and skills and gain swim, etc.

In the Advanced Race Guide they are separated out. The only mention of them being human is fluff text and if they take "Throwback".

So, are they no longer human in Pathfinder? As in, I can't take feats that are "human only"? I THINK this is the case, since Throwback specifically says you gain the human subtype but lose the aquatic subtype but I wanted to be sure.

Gillmen are not Human. This is brought out in the PFS Scenario

Spoiler:
Confirmation when you learn of Aroden's disdain for their race because of their mutation, and their mutual disdain of him.
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Why does the Barbarian need to be fixed?

You know what happens otherwise. He starts scratching up the carpet, marking his territory on your favorite blankets, and perches up on the fence caterwauling all night.

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Mesquitos are the New Jersey Air Force.

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TheMonocleRogue wrote:
...because you are using an inherently evil energy source....

Citation? Negative energy spells don't have the [evil] descriptor.

I think the area where we should be disagreeing with the designers is in their decision not to explain the reasoning behind undead animation being Evil. There are good ways to explain either direction so it's quite possible they have one, but failing to include it is just frustrating.

They have explained it. The creative director doesn't like undead being anything but evil, and think it sets a bad precedent. In the standard setting (golarion), raising undead is always evil because pharasma has decreed it a blasphemy after urgathoa escaped her judgement in the boneyard as the world's first undead creature.

And again, you're distorting his position. What he did say is that non-evil undead should be special exceptions, not the rule. And it's not that Paizo invented the trope. Go all the way back to the original AD+D Monster manual and look up ghosts, skeletons, and other such, and you'll find Alignment:Evil on the lot. Look up every bit of film and literature produced by man, and outside of ghosts, and modern-day gothic productions, zombies, vampires... evil.

The designers HAVE made their point clear. Animating undead is evil because it creates evil creatures. That's the default assumption, and the world setting assumption.

Want to make them both different in the home campaigns? DO IT. The Paizo Police aren't going to beat down your door. Expecting the designers to change their default view to match yours? Not going to happen. It's Paizo's game and setting, and they hold the authorial cards in this discussion.

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Silverhex Chronicles is pretty easy to run. It is structured differently, but that should not be an issue.

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What you see in the books is not approved as a PFS pre-gen. There isn't a Magus one either.

To be fair, the Magus is also the single token evil character that Paizo has as an iconic. As PFS disallows evil chars, it is likely that the rest of the stat block after "LE" is only icing on the cake of "no".

There seem to be indications that Seltyiel might be losing his evil status due to successful reclamation by either Seelah or Kyra. At that point he may become a LN iconic.
That would be incredibly disappointing (in that there would no longer be an evil iconic, not that char development = bad).

If you want to get your evil jollies in, I understand that next Gencon is going to have an event where you get to play Aspis characters.

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Tels wrote:
Is there a greater pain in this world than accidentally kicking the leg of a chair with your toes when your feet are cold?

Try stepping on a d4 with your bare foot.

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Star Trek 2 was the only decent film of the pre-Abrams era. The others ranged from passable as extended episodes to outright painful to watch.

And the first was just.... awful.

Terminator:Judgemnent Day was a considerable improvement on both the original, and the film that followed it.

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Merisiel Sillvari wrote:
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As a Forlorn Elf, how did you learn Elven?
Lots of practice, fueled by a curiosity about my own heritage. You have to spend the years between friends doing SOMETHING, and learning Elven seemed like a good use of my time. Kept me from drowning myself in the Yondabakari at least.

According to James Doohan, that's how Scotty learned Scottish.

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in the process doing a bit of damage to the soul that once inhabited the body.
The rest of your post is cool, but care to have a citation on this bit? As far as I know, raising unintelligent undead has nothing to do with the soul at all, especially as you can cast resurrection on the corpse with no repercussions.

Check recent postings by James Jacobs. There is a ruling that a peron who has been raised as undead can not be brought back from the dead while tha undead is extant.

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LazarX wrote:

The problem is that socially, sex workers are treated much like the way Untouchables are in India. While the product they provide may be desired by the consumers, society overall considers them to be pretty close to trash on the social level.

Has to how you titled the question, I'm not particularly fond of the all too common approach of phrasing social issues as a choice between two extreme opposites. It only serves to polarize and dangerously simplify the issue. The issue with porn is tied inextricably to the greater issues and attitudes of our society in general, you can't solve the problems connected with the industry unless those greater social issues it's connected to are addressed as well, mainly women and minority rights in this country.

I know, even the murder of sex workers is sometimes almost ignored by the police, doubly so if they are people of color.

Though the reason they can ignore it is because for the most part few other people care either.

I see, how would you have titled the thread? Assuming it was a subject you wanted to discuss.

It's not an easy question to answer, but I'll give it a swack.

After a bit of thought, the only thing that comes up to me would be... Pornography: Your thoughts.

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Jack of Nothing wrote:
Ok Ok ok I got it I'm no where near stealthy enough to effectively pull anything off. So, if I do want to be a stealthy character here, what do i need to do to make use of being stealthy? At this point rather than keep picking apart my idiocy, as I do see I was in the wrong here, what are valid tactics for a lone stealth character in a party of everything else?

No, you're not wrong, but losing the persecution attitude will get you big dividends if you want advice.

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Some Guy again wrote:

Hello everyone,

I believe myself to be a pretty inclusive guy concerning pathfinder material, and prefer to say yes to my players, within reason. I allow 3rd party content from time to time as long as I have time to review it and I even include 3 party base classes. I'm largely in favor of just about anything but there is a few things that rube me the wrong way, specifically the the Slayer.

Now I know I'm sticking a bloody hand in a tank full of great whites by voicing my distaste for the class, but I wish to expand my knowledge pool.

So, I would like to hear from my esteemed colleagues in the art of the pathfinder rpg why the slayer is good, should be allowed to freely participate in reindeer games with everyone else, not broken, and or why you like this class.

My reasons are my own for not liking the class and I'm not looking for someone to tell me why I am wrong, I just want to know why you like the slayer?

Why? Are you looking to tell someone else that they are wrong? It's OKAY not to like a certain class or three. There's no law, written, nor unwritten that says you have to gush over every piece of text, every mechanic that a game company puts out. If you're looking for an exchange of thoughts, you need to be open to sharing your own as well.

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