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Belzken Monk

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FullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 516 posts (528 including aliases). 1 review. 1 list. No wishlists. 4 Pathfinder Society characters. 2 aliases.



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Some test footage of a young cyclops

Looks like it could be interesting.


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Laurefindel wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Odraude wrote:
***heavenly (in)justice***
that is indeed nonsense....but it could lead to an interesting sidequest where one rebels against heaven itself.

That's main campaign material!

Quit the DM, recuperate his/her plot and the series of events that led to the trial, start a new campaign on the basis that celestials are just as douche-y as fiends, except that they won the war on propaganda...

Paging the last few seasons of Supernatural....

Paging the last few seasons of Supernatural....


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It's not "Dark Folk"!

It's Differently Light Able Persons.

RAAAAAAAAAACISTS!


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Not as awesome as the poster for it!


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As part of the Museum of Play's "GAME ON!" Exhibit.

The article is calling it the "first" D&D manuscript but either way it would be interesting to look at.

If anyone goes to the exhibit let us know!


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I doubt we will be able to agree on why it is we can't agree.

Wouldn't you agree?


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Personally I always thought the fact that each of the "small" races in the CRB have +2CHA was because they were percieved as "cutesy" by humans.

Shouldn't Gnomes get +2 to Int? I mean 1/2lings are social and like to drink and eat together and they are good at adapting to the social environments of larger races so it sort of makes sense.

But gnomes are crazy erratic fey beings. Refugees from the First World, a whole other plane of existence. If anything they should have trouble interacting with other races. In fact in the CRB it says: "they typically travel alone or with temporary companions". How is that charismatic?

I usually houserule the +2cha for gnomes is +2Int instead.

My 2 cents.


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Marthkus wrote:


Can Shades be used for teleportation, planar binding, and plane shift?

Yes.

There are two very good guides in the "Guide to the Classes" about how to use and what can or cannot be used for both Shadow Evocation and Shadow Conjuration line of spells.

Shadow Evocation Guide
Shadow Conjuration Guide


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Dal Selpher wrote:

I will never forget the lightning bolt of amazement that hit me the day I realized that Leonardo was Liquid Snake as well as about two dozen different people in Baldur's Gate.

Cam Clarke is, and always will be, the greatest Leonardo as far as I'm concerned. Once IMDB became a thing, I then went on to discover that he's been in pretty much EVERYTHING. =P

And James Avery, Uncle Phil on Fresh Prince, was the voice of Shredder.

Mind blown!


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GM Treppa wrote:

@Lochmonster: Where, um, might one find the venue for the Dr. Huxtable cosplay?

Just asking. No reason.

Why at Cosby Con of course...


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An intimate interview with the worst leader ever.


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So is anyone allowed to play less than military or swat team level of teamwork in your games? No one can play a bumbling level one wizzard or a CN Gnome Fey Blood sorcerer or a cowardly noble with a lot of skills but no real world battle experience?? Everyone has to be super tactical take-down guy once the initiative dice roll?

Also I doubt I would play in your group if you started making up rules to punish what you believe to be poor tactics, even going so far as to alter the way a spell works so you could "punish" the druid by having people attack each other (how that punishes the druid I have no idea). YOU CAN SEE 5 FEET IN OBSCURING MIST. Says so right in the spell. Also a 20% miss chance, again right there in the spell but from your post it seems you ignored it for inter-party combat? WTF?

It's been my experience that bad tactical choices on the part of the PCs will punish them enough without me as a GM "helping" it along.

Bad tactics sort of work themselves out without prodding from you.


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or YOU could just deal with the individual like an adult and talk directly to him.

But I'm sure this anonymous post on a message board will do the trick instead.

Personally I think this is a case of TWO people behaving like children.

/washes hands of it...


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P33J wrote:
The Killer for me with Cord of Stubborn Resolve and Barbarians is you've got no way to boost STR or DEX outside of Ioun Stones due to the Cord taking up your belt slot.

It's my understanding that the "Belt of PLUS PHYSICAL STAT" and "Headband of PLUS MENTAL STAT" are just flavor. That you can in fact put those bonuses on any slotted item. A ring, a necklace, a cloak, etc.

That frees up a lot of itemization choices.


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Terquem wrote:


It has been almost a year since I last played a table top session of my favorite game, and kind of feels like there just isn’t going to be anyone I can play with ever again. I visited the local B&M store on a game night and watched a Pathfinder game being played, and they were all twenty-something’s who looked at me like I should be in a rest home (haha, I’m exaggerating, maybe, but still).

I bought a couple of Pathfinder products and some Game Mastery flip maps just a few weeks ago telling myself that, “I have a great I dead for an adventure, now if I can only find some players…” and it sort of made me sad a few days after when I saw the things I bought in a pile in the bedroom.

But mostly it has been a very good experience meeting and playing with some of the people here on these forums. Thank you Paizo.

I'm 41 years old and I routinely play and run games for people 10 to 20 years younger and older than me, I find it's no big deal.

I also don't know the rules for squat and have colossaly screwed up an end boss from time to time (Ummm.....it looks like he is immune to fire...OOPS!).

If you want to get back to the table top then I'd suggest you get a PFS Scenario or two and learn them cover to cover, then offer to run them on a PFS night at your local store. Sure you'll get players with characters you've never seen before and maybe some weird new class or ability but guess what: They know how their characters run and will be extremely excited to explain it to you.

"I'm not familiar with that rule/class/ability can you explain it to me?" That's all you need to do.

I GUARANTEE no one will be angry, belittling or mean spirited to you. They will be extremely grateful, they will love talking about their character (i.e. themselves) and if all else fails, pop over and bug the more knowledgable DM to get a quick ruling if needed.

The more experience you have the better you will be, for example I always triple check the BBEG's immunities and defensive stats now!

Just jump in already!


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Stink casually?


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Poop in his gauntlet.


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Anyone else feel "not invested" in this franchise anymore?

I know I do.

The only way I'd see the next one is if everyone raves about it. Like Heath Ledger Joker levels of "I didn't expect it but it's awesome!".

I just don't think my enthusiasm could ever be re-kindled to it's previous levels after the last round of Stars Wars.


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Have you thought about a Wayang from the Advanced Race guide? they get a lot of bonus for shadow related things

Also I'm pretty sure Shadow Gambit does no damage if an illusion is disbelieved.

Heavens Oracle is actually fairly AWFUL for a dip. You get a +2 to Illusion subschool: pattern. Go and look how many spells fall into that category. Color Spray, Hypnotic Pattern and MAYBE one other spell. Is that worth speaking in tongues or being blind? Probably not.

For my gnome Illusionist I just went with straight sorcerer, fey bloodline (just fey not sylvan) and maxed out his Spell focus on Illusion and Enchantment (giving him a +4 boost to his dominate/hold/confusion type spells). It made him a very effective puppetteer/illusionist/battle field controler.

I reccomend the Sorcerer guides at the top of this forums, if just to have all the sorcerer info in one place while you look at it. They helped my a great deal.

My 2 cents.


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NSFW!

Charles Dance kills it reading 50 Shades of Grey!

He really has one of those voices where you could listen to him read the phone book and be entertained.


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Hi,

Brian Posehn and a bunch of other comedians and comedy writers get together and play 4E D&D!

That's the premise for the "Nerd Poker" podcast. It's VERY NC-17 and also very funny. Check it out, if just to get some zingers for your own table, "I have low-light hearing." is one of my new favorites.


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It's Stanford University's geospatial network model of the Roman World.

A great tool if you like to get into very small details and how they affect travel time.

Pick a start and a destination, time of year, mode of travel, cost options.

Very good for modelling movements in a game world.


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I'm tired of all these comic book movies.

I have yet to see one that is even remotely true to the source material.

Not one villain has been defeated using delicious Hostess Fruit Pies.


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My wife sometimes says I've cast "Freezing touch" on my feet when they wander over to her side of the bed.

I tell her there's no such spell.

She says there is a couch.

I houserule it and move my feet back to my side.


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Beacuse I think it really should be!

Awesome!


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Great thread!!

I'll add one of my all time favorites that's more on the HUMOR side than the fantasy.

EXISTENTIAL CRISIS & DRAGONS!!!

*MINOR POTTY MOUTH* possibly NSFW-ish


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Josh M. wrote:


But I can't deny, a selfish bit of gamer-troll in me was a bit disappointed we weren't actually finishing that campaign after all...

You could have asked for that for your birthday!?!

Also, it was your birthday, you are allowed to cast "Wish" 1/year.


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I like how the word guys is in quotes. You usually do that when you are being sarcastic or if you are Nancy Grace.


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As long as I can follow a GMs line of reason I have no problem with following the rulings even if I disagree with them or would have done it differently myself. If they are resorting to "because I say so" then I'll likely not sit at their table twice.

It's that simple.


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It was a horrible, horrible show.

Go watch ANY episode and you will see the ONE guy who dissents and doesn't want to go along with the group is ALWAYS wrong. It relayed the message that going against the group is wrong. An awful thing to tell a child.

It's a terrible example of trying to influence children's minds into group think.

I know the subject matter is D&D so everyone on these forums probably likes it but in reality it is very poorly written and has some pretty sinister undertones about suppressing individuality in it.

I wouldn't let my child watch it.

There is a review online by one of the creators that talks about how they were specifically told to write stories certain ways and it's really somewhat disturbing what network execs were trying to do.

If I can find the article I am referencing I will post it.

But yeah, thumbs down for me.

*EDIT*

If you go to the WIKI ARTICLE about the show it talks about the cavilier character was supposed to fill the role of dissenter:

"developer Mark Evanier revealed that Eric's contrary nature was mandated by parents groups and consultants to push the then-dominant pro-social moral for cartoons of 'The group is always right; the complainer is always wrong.'"

Ugh! What an awful thing to do to children!


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Really?

Name ONE good action sequence that Kevin Smith has directed...

Go on...

I'm waiting...

EXACTLY!

Kevin Smith's strength is, by his own admission, dialogue. What happens in clerks? Nothing. Nothing HAPPENS. Just people standing and talking, It's the talking of Smith's movies that is interesting.

Also he already had a crack at the Superman franchise before Tim Burton took over and took it nowhere.

He talks about it IN THIS VIDEO.

It's 20 minutes long but worth it. Also it demonstrates exactly how good at telling a story with just word's Smith is. I could listen to his rants all day.

But again, not so much with the super heroicy action thing.


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Since when have diehard fans of a giant fantasy universe ever been disappointed by a bloated prequel trilogy?

*hums the imperial march...*


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Shiftybob wrote:

Also. I've introduced a new rule at the game table.

NO PHONES.
I don't know why I never thought of cracking down on it before.

That's interesting....Let me share my story.

I play PFS at one or two local stores depending on when they are running and when I'm free, etc...

One player I had played with before GMed for us because there were 2 or 3 tables that night, big crowd.

I recieved a text message from my wife and my phone goes "beep beep" and the Player, now GM, snaps at me and tells me to turn it off. I ignored it and chuckled a bit as did everyone else.

15 minutes later I got a second text form my wife, and the GM does it again, to which I calmly explained that if his policy was that I divorce myself from my wife, family, job, elderly mother, brother and all the thousands of other reasons I might need to be contacted I would be happy to respect it by getting up and leaving the table and never playing a game he runs again to which he said fine, leave my phone on.

Hobbies are hobbies, real life is important. I will respect a policy of no phones by simply not playing with people who have that policy.

I do not sit at the table on my phone, I do not talk loudly on it at the table, nor do I play Angry Birds while others play PFS. In other words I behave like an adult, but because I am an adult the ARE reasons I need to be contacted and might actually have to leave a game, most of those reasons are unpleasant. On the few times I've had to actually take a call I stand up, excuse myself from the table and go to an area where my talking would not be disruptive.

ALSO a gaming table is not a lecture hall or a movie theatre. The GM is not holding court with words of wisdom. A minor beep beep is not destroying the game unless the GM or a player stops and makes a big deal out of it.

I understand why someone would create a blanket policy but personally I think I am a responsible cell phone user and and adult who doesn't like to be treated like a child so consider those types of policies carefully. I had to take someones dice once because they kept rapping them on the table. Should dice not be allowed at my table? Or should the person who was being annoying grow up?

Inanimate objects aren't the problem, the way they are used however can be.


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Hi!

Saw this interesting article and am passing it along. I hope it helps with some historically based campaigns:

http://sciencenordic.com/what-vikings-really-looked


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I've found the following blog in general and the three articles very helpful about how to handle players choices and there effects on the game in general and the DMs plans specifically:

Slaying the Quantum Ogre.

Having the Quantum Ogre for tea.

Ways you are ruining your game.


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As an aside:

Isn't the new book: Ultimate Campaign supposed to cover material like this? How to manage characters in game assets, holdings, etc...


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Hi all!

I was the Barbarian in question and just wanted to make an off topic comment:

Iammars is a really great GM and if you are in Philly stop by Red Cap's Corner! It's got great GMs like Iammars and great players like Hangman Henry!

You will, however, also have to put up with Barbarians who fail their will saves.


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...or are you also reading these forums at work?

Here's to wasting company time!


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"How about we all stop guessing and pull out the rule book to check?"

That's a sentence I've found that saves a LOT of arguing and clears up a lot rules related issues.

I suggest both the player AND the GM use that sentence with great frequency from here on.


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"You summon a swarm of screeching, mischievous monkeys."

You had me at screeching.

"Creatures failing a saving throw against the mad monkeys' distraction attack are deafened for 1 minute as well as nauseated."

I can only assume the nausea effect is from them flinging poo at the target.

Point Proven...I think we're done here.

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I'd like to point out that everyone reading this has the option to NOT go to their local store and buy the same materials from Amazon or a number of other RPG sites for up to 20% less than brick and mortar stores offer the some of the same items for.

If the customers are expected to "be grateful" they have a place to play, store owners should also "be grateful" people are walking into the store to buy things.

If my local game shop (Redcap's Corner in philly!!) charged me I'd still go there, but wouldn't ave gotten any of my books or expansions from them.


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My masterwork tool for disable device is a hammer.

Works good in real life too!


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My playgroup had a similar issue when we could not find the rules for GM's Discretion.


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