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137ben wrote:

Which of the 24 types of libertarians will freak out the most?

:)

All of them. There isn't a Libertarian on the planet that will cop to meeting a regulation or a regulatory agency he'd approve up save for the police and the army. That's of course you find the few that aren't singing paens to St. Ayn of the Holy Galt.

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Abrir wrote:

what if you quick dismount, as a free action, you still have all your actions left.

You've still moved. You may have your swift, standard, and move equivalent actions available, but you're still not eligible for a 5 foot adjustment

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Enchantments are not limitations, so that logic does not apply.

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Icy Turbo wrote:
I was getting into a interesting conversation with a friend about the viability of teaching a villager an offensive cantrip. Suppose that a city was to teach every citizen as a mandatory curriculum the ability to cast 0 level spells (Or higher if the people have the aptitude). Would this be more cost effective than training a bunch of people to use longbows, crossbows or the like? Just due to ammo costs and gold costs, or would that be silly of me to believe so? If not, what would make using 0-level offensive spells more viable than a bunch of archers?

I'd say that the vast majority would not have the talent to do so, no matter what their Intelligence was or how hard you tried to pound it into them. It's a classic trope that the ability to wield magic is pretty much drawn from a talent even if it takes training to draw it out. But without that talent, training is useless.

The other thing is that such a move would probably pose a threat to the established social order.

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Ravingdork wrote:

After giving it some though, I think I disagree with LazarX.

Quick! Stop the presses at the Daily Bugle!

Ravingdork wrote:
I do not think dismounting prohibits you from taking a 5-foot step in the same round, not do I think it counts as movement in the same sense that taking a move action to move does.

There is no way that you can argue that dismounting isn't a form of movement. You get off a horse, you move down. You remove yourself from a mount... that's movement.

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It removes them as normal damage but since the HPs are temporary, they don't come back.

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Coriat wrote:
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Quark Blast wrote:
Coriat wrote:

Quark, "diploma mill" would typically be used to refer to an institution without accreditation or with fraudulent accreditation, which it does not seem is the case here. Similarly according to Wiki they tend to lack personnel and often not offer actual teaching (or if so, from teachers with bogus degrees from the same place). Also does not seem to be the case for this university, which, according to Google, has teaching standards and partnerships with major physical universities.

What makes you think it is a diploma mill or similar to one?

Because no one proxies the test assuring that the one who receives certification is the one who sat for the exams.

The amount of money being made limits the ability to formalize the degree earning process. Lack of formality is a hallmark of bogus degrees.

The degrees are extremely limited and "meh" degrees at that (cf BTDB's latest comment above).

That makes it Diploma Mill-esque (thx BDTB :), no?

Uh, sorry to break it to you, but it is very easy to cheat in college. A lot of professors never learn the faces of their students, especially with some students never going to classes, or professors not even showing up to exams and just letting their TAs run them. Not once did I see a professor check ids.

Not to mention colleges and universities that offer degrees entirely online.

When I went to a traditional high powered school, they let us take the tests and go off wherever to fill them in. Didn't have to take them in classroom. In the higher level classics courses which I remember better, about half the class would take it somewhere other than the classroom.

Maybe things have changed since my Rutgers days, but I'm pretty sure that even today you can't do that On The Banks.

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Orfamay Quest wrote:
Coriat wrote:
Accreditation mill wrote:

An accreditation mill is an organization that purports to award educational accreditation to higher education institutions without having government authority or recognition from mainstream academia to operate as an accreditor.

[...]

While standards vary from organization to organization, without recognition from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) (a non-governmental organization) or the United States Department of Education, the claims made by independent groups hold no value in the academic community.

It seems that the accreditor has recognition from both the Department of Education and the council.

I'm not going to stand too fast behind basic Wiki research, but can you show where it's wrong?

You're not understanding the role that national accreditation plays in the USA. The "first line," as it were, of accreditation are the six regional agencies, which accredit traditional universities, such as Harvard or UIUC. The national agencies were established later, generally on a disciplinary basis, to accredit programs that did not fit into the traditional programs (e.g., the ABA accredits law schools, including free-standing law schools that are not part of a traditional university, and the National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation does the same for dance schools).

In part because of this, many (most?) "real" colleges and universities will not accept courses, credits, or degrees from non regionally-accredited programs. So an A.S. from CofP is likely to count as toilet paper -- literally -- when you try to apply to Berkeley as a transfer student. Similarly, the B.S. is likely not to count if you want to get an M.S. from Penn,... or even U. Montana.

If you're going the People's University route, it's because you can't afford to go into any of those schools anyway. So you would get your 2 or 4 year degree and then start on your career.

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James Jacobs wrote:
LazarX wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
LazarX wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
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What video game are you devoting your free time to now?
Wasteland 2. World of Warcraft. Hearthstone. Plus various small games scattered throughout Steam.
Steam on MacOS, Linux, Windows, or the new Valve box?
MacOS and Windows, depending on the game. Didn't know the box was out yet, but if it is... I might get one of those too!
I believe about a thousand went out as part of a public beta test, and there are some references on making one out of off the shelf, but it's been awhile since I read the relevant articles.
Sounds about right.

If anyone is feeling adventurous and has a spare terrabyte hard drive lying about, (assuming your motherboard and graphics meet the requirements) here are the Build Your Own instructions.

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Dementrius wrote:
LazarX wrote:

Just to give you an idea of how the rate of change is now as opposed to the past.

Something like about 80-90 percent of known science was discovered within yours or your parent's lifetime. Pretty much the same for technology as well.

My perspective is that humanity would presumably pick things up a bit faster during a re-building phase where there are isolated people with the information passed down through generations, plus ruins and documents available, rather than discovering it all for the first time.

Isolation was why progress was so slow.. Individual civilizations would make discoveries and then die without passing them on, so it was a long slow process with lots of repetition. When we got to the point where knowledge was readily shared, with the invention of print, things really started taking off.

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James Jacobs wrote:
LazarX wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
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What video game are you devoting your free time to now?
Wasteland 2. World of Warcraft. Hearthstone. Plus various small games scattered throughout Steam.
Steam on MacOS, Linux, Windows, or the new Valve box?
MacOS and Windows, depending on the game. Didn't know the box was out yet, but if it is... I might get one of those too!

I believe about a thousand went out as part of a public beta test, and there are some references on making one out of off the shelf, but it's been awhile since I read the relevant articles.

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LazarX wrote:


When you can get either of those degrees at a Community College for less than 2 or 4 thousand dollers TOTAL expenditure, come back to me on that.

From a community college that is not regionally accredited, and therefore not able to transfer to any of the "real" schools?

Consider yourself gotten back to. I'll give you a B.S. in anything you like for $3995 cash.

Did you even bother to go to the website and look at the accreditation section?

University of the People has been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) since February 2014. Click here to view the DEAC Consumer Information Disclosure Form.

The practice of accreditation provides a standard level of quality for institutions and programs across the United States.

The DEAC was founded in 1926 and is a private, non-profit organization that operates as a national accreditor. The DEAC Accrediting Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a national institutional accrediting organization.

As UoPeople is recognized by the DEAC as an accredited online University, UoPeople adheres to all DEAC Standards and Code of Ethics.

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Quark Blast wrote:
LazarX wrote:
Of course i"m probably wasting my time pointing this out, as the facts might get in the way of fashionable cynicism.

I'm not declaring that UofP is a Diploma Mill, only questioning the utility of earning one of their degrees.

It's been around 6 years and has all sorts of incidental accolades from Important People. Given that top-flight hype, that also makes me wonder why they still only offer two degrees. Degrees that can be had at any Community College.

Yep, I'm cynical. Though from the feedback on these forums I doubt the accuracy of calling it "fashionable".

When you can get either of those degrees at a Community College for less than 2 or 4 thousand dollers TOTAL expenditure, come back to me on that. Remember even if Obama's initiative goes through and isn't repealed by Republicans in two years, you still have all the other expenses besides tuition to go through. Textbooks at a standard college alone, will take up most of that figure, if not more.

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_Ozy_ wrote:

You are also 'moving' when you get bull rushed.

What you aren't doing in either case is 'performing movement' which uses 5' increments from your base speed.

Someone with a 0' base speed (for whatever reason) can still mount/dismount if they have move actions.

Words have different meaning in different contexts.

Being moved is a hell of a lot different than making movements of your own accord.

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But you are moving. You're moving vertically off the mount, and horizontally to the nearest square adjacent to the mount.

You can still take a standard action to move, but the 5 foot step is precluded.

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Protoman wrote:

OK for those that believe mithral breastplate doesn't apply for brawling enchantment, here's a question:

Does the Defender of the Society trait work for mithral breastplate?

Yes because breastplate is medium armor.

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Quark Blast wrote:
Coriat wrote:

Quark, "diploma mill" would typically be used to refer to an institution without accreditation or with fraudulent accreditation, which it does not seem is the case here. Similarly according to Wiki they tend to lack personnel and often not offer actual teaching (or if so, from teachers with bogus degrees from the same place). Also does not seem to be the case for this university, which, according to Google, has teaching standards and partnerships with major physical universities.

What makes you think it is a diploma mill or similar to one?

Because no one proxies the test assuring that the one who receives certification is the one who sat for the exams.

The amount of money being made limits the ability to formalize the degree earning process. Lack of formality is a hallmark of bogus degrees.

The degrees are extremely limited and "meh" degrees at that (cf BTDB's latest comment above).

That makes it Diploma Mill-esque (thx BDTB :), no?

A diploma mill is something you send $100 to and they give you a diploma that's suitable for toilet use as that's the only thing accredited for. The degree that the People's University gives out is a real accredited degree and while you may not think much of the programs offered, they are standard degrees offered at every other university on the planet.

Of course i"m probably wasting my time pointing this out, as the facts might get in the way of fashionable cynicism.

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Just to give you an idea of how the rate of change is now as opposed to the past.

Something like about 80-90 percent of known science was discovered within yours or your parent's lifetime. Pretty much the same for technology as well.

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At the very least, I would significantly up the per charge cost on wand holding less than 50 charges. Enough so that it does not become the "go-to" option and set a minimum amount of charges, like 25 or so. I would say half the charges at 75 percent the cost.

The reason most wands are done with 50 charges has to be because it's the easiest and most cost-effective way to do so, otherwise it would not be "standard".

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sunbeam wrote:

Just scratching my head on this one. Does anyone have the slightest idea what you are supposed to do with this archetype?

Use it for the NPC Mage in charge of castle defense or assault?

That's a pretty good idea if you want to reduce the challenge of the encounter by about 75% actually.

The Siege Mage firing his cannon instead of doing something useful. Kinda hurts verisimilitude a bit though.

I expect mass warfare scenarios to run a tad differently than dungeon crawls. The siege mage is an option. There's no mandate that says anyone has to take it.

The NPC mage is by definition an NPC mage, not an adventuring hero or protagonist... but supporting cast at best.

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Quark Blast wrote:
LazarX wrote:

Tuition[edit]

Students pay a registration fee on a sliding scale of $10 to $50 determined by income and country of residence. University of the People requires a tuition to be paid in the form of a $100 administration fee for each exam a student takes.[14] To complete an Associate degree (A.S.), a student must take 20 exams and 40 exams for a Bachelor Degree, which costs a total of $2,000 and $4,000 respectively. Students who cannot afford to pay can apply for scholarships.[15][/i]

Now that's a different approach. You can learn for free but if you want to be certified you have to pay a very reasonable price for the certification.

They only offer two degrees though and I'm uncertain as to how transferable one of those degrees would be to an actual job. It seems fully legit but looks Diploma Mill-esk to me.

Read the Wiki article. There are some serious groups backing this... including the University of New York, and the Clinton Global Initiative. (yes. THAT Clinton)

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sunbeam wrote:

Just scratching my head on this one. Does anyone have the slightest idea what you are supposed to do with this archetype?

Use it for the NPC Mage in charge of castle defense or assault?

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If the mythic version of the spell says that everyone who uses it is subject to that limitaiton, how could the non-mythic one be more powerful in that aspect?

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Dementrius wrote:

I’m potentially running a post-Earthfall/Age of Darkness game where the PCs build up an empire from the ruins of civilization using the Kingdom building rules in Ultimate Campaign. As part of this, I’m trying to overlay a technology tree (similar to the Civilization PC games) over the empire’s development to give the feel of dragging humanity back from the brink of extinction (“The Aboleth bombed us back to the stone age!”).

Here is the Player’s Guide I have developed so far.

What does everyone think? I'm looking for feedback, particularly around any loopholes, campaign-killing exploits or generally un-fun parts which I have overlooked.

Technology in the pre-Industrial age, advanced over millennia between significant changes. Unless you're playing a game that spans many generations, it's not going to happen fast enough to make a difference. Especially with magic taking over so many of it's usual functions.

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WombattheDaniel wrote:
Can I intentionally craft a wand with less charges than 50? How would that affect the cost?

By rules you can not.

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Jeff Merola wrote:
LazarX wrote:
redward wrote:

One time we had a party member die. The cleric delayed until my bard's turn, I moved to the cleric and dimension-doored us our dead friend. He came off delay, cast BoL and everyone lived happily ever after.

EDIT:
Ninja'd. But we actually did it!

One slight problem... passing through a dimension door ends your turn unless you have the applicable feat.
Nope, only the caster of a dimension door has to worry about that.

The only evidence for that is a FAQ response which seems to be contradicted by the mythic version of the Dimension Door spell which specified that EVERYONE who passes through the door has that limitation. The text of the non-mythic spell says that the USER of the spell ends his turn with it. Not "caster" which would have made it more clear.

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137ben wrote:
WilliamInnocent wrote:
So in this setting of being a cult leader I could essentually tell my GM, I wont be using my followers to gain an edge in the story or combat. But I would like them to go around like Mormons and spread the word of our Lord and Savior Cthulhu Christ.

The thing to remember about the Leadership feat is that you have to run most of what you do with it by the GM first, even more so than anything else in the game. In 3.5, Leadership is listed in the DMG, while all other feats are in the PHB, to make it clear that Leadership isn't a normal feat.

But yes, that is the kind of thing I have seen Leadership used for in games I ran:)

LazarX wrote:
Sissyl wrote:
You get both a cohort AND followers.
Most GM's (and all Living Campaigns which allow the feat) will nix the followers though.

Citation needed.

All GMs I know who use the Leadership feat have it work as written, providing both a cohort and followers. But, then, I don't claim to have discussed the matter with a majority of GMs in the world. I suppose you think you have met a majority of the world's GMs?

Do you seriously expect GM's to allow you to bring 60 followers into a dungeon with you?

And I do speak from experience.. In the three network campaigns that I GMed and played that allowed the Leadership feat, ALL of them banned the follower aspect of the feat.

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Mergy wrote:
No love for the paladin? I think you're looking at higher damage than ranger and more versatility than a fighter. Add to that a better animal companion than a ranger, especially given the lack of Boon Companion, and more healing than any archer needs, and you've got a great core option.

Higher damage if the foes are evil, and limited to the amount of smites per day. Also keep in mind that the Ranger can get extra combat style feats. If you're looking to be the stealthy archer sniper, Ranger has the other two beat off six ways from Sunday.

Fighters make probably the best archers due to feats. Rangers bring stealth and other things to the table. Paladins top the list if you're fighting smitable foes and have enough smites to handle the battles that matter.

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I don't know if there's a "best" option.

what you do need to decide is what specifically you want:

Heal the largest amount of hit points possible per day? Cheesed out Aasimar Life Oracle.

Have a variety of cure and status removal spells with no more than a day's delay?.. Cleric, Hedge Witch.

Want a variety of roles besides healing? Cleric, Shaman, Witch, Oracle other than Life mystery.

Want something completely different with just a bit of healing? Celestial Sorcerer, White Mage, Witch.

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Triphoppenskip wrote:
What video game are you devoting your free time to now?
Wasteland 2. World of Warcraft. Hearthstone. Plus various small games scattered throughout Steam.

Steam on MacOS, Linux, Windows, or the new Valve box?

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Arturus Caeldhon wrote:
I believe Life Oracle has the largest potential pool of healing done per day.

Where it suffers are the limited options for status removal.

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Tacticslion wrote:

New thread.

You can have a 75% chance to find an appropriately-valued magic item, which includes wands at reduced charges, as defined by Charges, Doses, and Multiple Uses:

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It most certainly does not. Wands can ONLY be created as 50 charge items. Wands of other than 50 charges are custom items and as such that availability is determined solely by the GM. The proprieter may (and mostly iike will) have wands of fewer charges but those would be placed by the GM like any other form of non-random treasure.

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WilliamInnocent wrote:
So in this setting of being a cult leader I could essentually tell my GM, I wont be using my followers to gain an edge in the story or combat. But I would like them to go around like Mormons and spread the word of our Lord and Savior Cthulhu Christ.

Sounds like you want to write yourself out of being an adventurer... because that's a full time job.

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One more advantage the quarterstaff has over a regular weapon is that you can bring your 'walking stick' almost anywhere. Even places where 'weapons' aren't allowed.

"Will you deprive an old man of his walking stick?"

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Sissyl wrote:
You get both a cohort AND followers.

Most GM's (and all Living Campaigns which allow the feat) will nix the followers though.

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BigDTBone wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
I have no idea what that is.
manspreading

Thanks!

I now know what that is! (Also, yes: SUPER hard! :D)

Now, given that...

LazarX wrote:
Is this the gamer "manspreading" thread?
... what does this mean? I'm sorry. I'm sleep-deprived, and not quite getting the angle you're applying this to. I'd like to understand, however!

In olden days, manspreading would not be a thing because men were conditioned to be polite, yield seats to ladies or at the least not take up more than one seat. Instead nowadays there is a vocal group arguing that it's their God-given right to spread across three seats to protect their "man parts". Although it's my judgement that the human race would be better off if most of them were removed from the gene pool.

Similarly, I find it shocking that in this thread just how appalling lacking are many folks are in basic civility, and how some seem to have been either totally raised without manners, or simply glory in that lack of them. Some seem determined to cling to that subhuman stereotype about gamers that the rest of us have been trying to prove is utterly wrong.

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Snuffling wrote:

So what is the consensus on what "other limitations" means with regards to Mithral?

Limitations refer to how the armor LIMITS you, mainly in things such as armor check penalties and movement rate. Limitations have nothing to do with enchantments.

As to what enchantments can be applied to the armor, that is fully dependent on where on the armor table, the armor sits. Breastplate is medium armor, so enchantments that are limited to light armor are a no-go on it.

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memorax wrote:

Are you archiving or saving everything I post on these forums.

If he isn't, rest assured the NSA is. :)

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Were all the players registered in the scenario as playing Core characters?

If not, that's your problem. You have to double check on your player's character status from now on.

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Jeff Merola wrote:
Nope. Personal Range spells cannot be made into potions.

Oh, duh.

Boo then, I was trying to find a good spell for Eternal Potion and alchemical allocation would have been AMAZING for it.

Things like this are EXACTLY why personal range spells can't be made into potions. They'd simply be too good.

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Weirdo wrote:

That's correct. Having a held charge does not give you extra attacks. You get one attempt to deliver a touch charge as a free action in the same round you cast a touch spell, but only in the round you cast the spell.

So if you use spell combat and cast Chill Touch, you can make two attacks in that round: one from casting Chill Touch that round, and one normal (full) attack.

The next round, you can still deliver Chill Touch charges through your weapon as ChessPwn says, but you must use your normal single attack to do so.

Overexplaining a bit because I'm not entirely sure why you cited that particular FAQ as your reasoning so I want to be extra-clear.

That's correct, the Haste ruling has nothing to do with the question originally put forward.

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LazarX wrote:
Mourn Blackhand wrote:

Need advice for an archer build using pathfinder society core rules set.

New to Pathfinder rules and looking for a second level build (retraining) with an eye towards future levels.

Thanks in advance.

Not that much changes between Classic/Core, save for absence of the absolute crack monkey Zen Archer Monk. Fighter and Ranger become once again the go to archery paths.
Fighter and ranger both do higher damage than Zen Archer. Ranger needs instant enemy, and Fighter take longer to get there. Zen Archer just makes it easier by giving you every though you need as bonus feats, and built in switch hitting.

Switch hitting? I have yet to see a Zen Archer monk do anything other than shoot.

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You get the one free attack when you first cast the spell. That's it.

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Mourn Blackhand wrote:

Need advice for an archer build using pathfinder society core rules set.

New to Pathfinder rules and looking for a second level build (retraining) with an eye towards future levels.

Thanks in advance.

Not that much changes between Classic/Core, save for absence of the absolute crack monkey Zen Archer Monk. Fighter and Ranger become once again the go to archery paths.

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Komoda wrote:
So I guess you also would not allow someone to 5' Step and mount?

That's correct.

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Gorge Hound wrote:
That's why the question. Wizards get 3rd level spells at 5th, sorcerers at 6th and summoners at 7th. So I would expect a wand for a 3rd level summoner spell would be more expensive.

The problem is that if you go by RAW, you can have summoners make wands of spells that wizards absolutely can not do.

This is textbook example why RAW can not not be obeyed blindly, without considering context or collateral effect.

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
What's your favorite caffeinated beverage?

Coffee.

Time for another cup, in fact!

Are you playing the Coffee Game, wherein you make yourself another cup every time someone asks you about it?

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In the hope of providing some content that may actually be of use to people looking to get education at an informal level I'd like to provide the following links about University of the People a fully accredited tuition-free University. Do yourself the favor of at least listening the Ted Talk before engaging in the community's fashionable cynicism.

The first is a TedTalk given by the school's President and founder.

http://www.ted.com/talks/shai_reshef_a_tuition_free_college_degree

The Wikipedia article on the University which goes into depth on who's allied with the school, such as the Clinton Global Initative.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_the_People

And of couse the University's website.

http://uopeople.edu

University of the People offers the following four undergraduate degrees:

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) in Business Administration
Associate of Science Degree (A.S.) in Business Administration
Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) in Computer Science
Associate of Science Degree (A.S.) in Computer Science
UoPeople is the only OER university in the world, i.e. every course makes use of open educational resources and students don't need to pay for any textbooks.[13]

Tuition[edit]
Students pay a registration fee on a sliding scale of $10 to $50 determined by income and country of residence. University of the People requires a tuition to be paid in the form of a $100 administration fee for each exam a student takes.[14] To complete an Associate degree (A.S.), a student must take 20 exams and 40 exams for a Bachelor Degree, which costs a total of $2,000 and $4,000 respectively. Students who cannot afford to pay can apply for scholarships.[15]

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Is this the gamer "manspreading" thread?

Grand Lodge

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Most GM's with any bit of sanity would price these wands at the same cost of wizards and simply would not allow wands of spells that could not normally be made by wizards. Such as wands of what would be 5th or higher level spells if wizards made them.

That's essentially the rule in PFS, you can't get wands on the cheap by relying on NPC's that have spell access at abnormally early spell levels.

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