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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 2013 Dedicated Voter, 2014 Star Voter. Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 3,893 posts (8,591 including aliases). 3 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 3 Pathfinder Society characters. 20 aliases.



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Sothis... can we get a bigger more wallpaper-y version of that? It looks so good, but its so small.


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A friend and I were discussing possible familiars for her upcoming shaman, then realized that a chameleon would make a nice fit. Unfortunately we couldn't find chameleon familiar details anywhere we looked. Does it exist somewhere? Or alternatively, what familiar's stats can be neatly taken and changed into a chameleon?

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Good job winners!


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So there are many considerations, particularly from the developers, on how good the monk is and what can and cannot be done to improve his lot.

Something that crops up regularly is that (unarmed) monk's heavily miss out on enhancement bonuses to their attack. Although they get a nice progression in damage dice, the actual bonus to hit lags behind other classes that can cost-effectively purchase upgrades to their weapon (2000, 8000, etc) while the monk's amulet is double that (4000, 16000, etc).

Now granting a monk the same cost for the same benefit would be like a double-dip, you get naturally increasing fist damage, as well as bonus to attack and damage from the enhancements. That's not something that would fly. So I figured, why not get around that?

I propose a new weapon property:

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Precise, +1 bonus

A precise weapon grants a +2 enhancement bonus to attacks (but not to damage). The bonus granted from the precise ability does not stack with the bonus granted by the brawling armor ability. The precise ability can only be applied to amulets of mighty fists.

In the grand scheme of things this does not resolve the discrepancy between a +10 weapon and a +5 amulet; but for the commonly played levels between 1 and 12 the precise ability would go a long way to offer parity between unarmed and weapon wielders. A +1 precise amulet (16000gp) compares favorably with a +3 weapon (18000gp).


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I am a big proponent of class diversity and flexibility; that is why I strongly support class designs that make use of abilities such as rogue talents, rage powers, arcane exploits, and so forth. I really think that the brawler would benefit from this as well, and along those lines consider the changes to the class suggested below.

Brawler

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A brawler is proficient with all simple weapons as well as all weapons in the close weapons group. She is proficient with light armor, but not with shields.
Martial Maneuvers (Ex): At 1st level, a brawler can spend a swift action to gain the benefit of a feat she doesn't possess for 1 minute. The feat must be a combat feat or a non-combat feat that the brawler could acquire through her brawler skills class ability. The brawler must otherwise meet all the feat’s prerequisites. She may use this ability a number of times per day equal to her brawler level. If this ability is triggered before the duration expires, the brawler loses the previous combat feat and gains a new one in its place. If a feat has a daily use limitation (such as Stunning Fist), any uses of that feat while using this ability count toward that feat’s daily limit.
At 6th level, a brawler can use this ability to gain the benefit of two feats at the same time. She may select one feat as a swift action or two feats as a move action. At 10th level, a brawler can use this ability to gain the benefit of three combat feats at the same time. She may select one feat as a swift action, two feats as a move action, or three feats as a standard action. At 12th level, a brawler can use this ability to gain the benefit of one feat as an immediate action.
When acquiring feats after the first using this ability, the brawler may add and remove a number of feats based on the activation action; for example, if she uses a move action to gain feats, she may remove up to two feats from the feats gained through martial maneuvers, and gain up to two feats. She may not have more feats than her maximum number of feats gained through martial maneuvers, and all feats must meet prerequisites (although feats gained through martial maneuvers may count as prerequisites for other feats gained through martial maneuvers). Each feat selected counts toward her daily uses of this ability.
Whenever this ability is activated, the duration on any feat gained through martial maneuvers is reset - in other words it isn't necessary to track the acquisition round of each feat separately.
Unarmed Strike: unchanged
Brawler Skills: detailed below
Maneuver Training: unchanged
Brawler's Flurry: unchanged
Brawler Strike (Su): unchanged
Awesome Blow (Ex): unchanged, after change by developers

Below are the details to the Brawler Skills class ability, this is intended as a sample of abilities available - a great number of additional options should be available for the complete class in the ACG.

Brawler Skills: Starting at 2nd level, a brawler gains one brawler skill. She gains an additional brawler skill for every 2 levels of brawler attained after 2nd level. Except where indicated, a brawler cannot select an individual skill more than once. Brawling skills marked with an asterisk cannot be used in rounds where the brawler makes use of her brawler's flurry class ability.

Acrobatic master: A brawler with this skill gains the Skill Focus (acrobatics) feat and may always Take 10 on acrobatic checks.

Brawling dodger: A brawler with this skill gains a +1 dodge bonus to AC and CMD when she wears light armor, or +2 when she wear no armor. This bonus increases by +1 for every 5 levels of brawler she possesses. A brawler may pick this skill a second time, doing so increases the bonus by +1 for every 3 levels instead of every 5 levels. A brawler must be at least 6th level before picking this skill a second time.

Brutal: A brawler with this skill adds +2 to the DC of any ability gained through brawler skills (such as knockout and stun specialist).

Combat training: A brawler may chose a combat feat instead of a brawling skill, she must meet the prerequisites of that combat feat. A brawler may pick this skill any number of times. When chosing combat training, a brawler may change any feats gained previously with combat training; she must still meet all the prerequisites of feats chosen.

Enduring maneuvers: Feats gained through martial maneuvers last for 10 minutes. A brawler may pick this skill a second time, if she does so, then feats gained through martial maneuvers last for 1 hour.

Extra maneuver feat: A brawler with this skill increases the total number of feats that she may gain from martial maneuvers by 1 (thus at second level she could have up to 2 feats, at sixth level up to 3 feats, and at 10th level up to 4 feats).

Extra maneuvers: A brawler with this skill may use martial maneuvers a number of times per day equal to twice her class level.

Fast: A brawler with this skill gains a +10 bonus to her speed. A brawler may pick this skill once for every 4 brawler levels she possesses.

Finesse brawler: A brawler with this skill gains the Weapon Finesse feat.

Grappling specialist: A brawler with this skill deals an additional +1d6 damage when using grapples to inflict damage.

Great fortitude: A brawler with this skill gains the Great Fortitude feat.

Knockout (Su): A brawler with this skill can unleash a devastating attack that can instantly knock a target unconscious. She must announce this intent before making her attack roll. If the brawler strikes successfully and the target takes damage from the blow, the target must succeed at a Fortitude saving throw (DC 10 + 1/2 the brawler’s level + the higher of the brawler’s Strength or Dexterity modifier) or fall unconscious for 1d6 rounds. A brawler may use this ability once a day for at level 16, and once more for every two levels above level 16. Creatures immune to critical hits or nonlethal damage are immune to this ability. A brawler must be level 16 before selecting this brawler skill.

Painful punches (Ex): A brawler with this skill may add +5 to the damage she deals with unarmed strikes, instead of bonus damage gained from Strength or Dexterity. A brawler must be at least 4th level before selecting this skill.

Professional: A brawler with this skill considers her brawler level as her fighter level + 2 for the purpose of qualifying for combat feats.

Stun specialist: A brawler with this skill gains the Stunning Fist feat. She considers her brawler level as her monk level for the purpose of determining how many times a day she can use the Stunning Fist feat. She need not meet the prerequisites of the feat, but she must be a 4th level brawler to select this brawler skill.

Style savant: A brawler with this skill may chose a single style feat, or feat that has a style feat as a prerequisite, without meeting that feats requirements.

Tough brawler: A brawler with this skill gains the Toughness feat, additionally she gains +1 natural armor bonus to AC.

Note that the changes to Martial Maneuvers make it very easy to determine what feats can be acquired: any combat feat, and any other feat that is available through the Brawler Skills class ability. Correspondingly, given the examples above, the brawler could get Great Fortitude, Skill Focus (acrobatics) and Toughness, in addition to all combat feats.


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Dear Paizo, are you planning to have "Round 2" of RPG Superstar be "design an archetype for an ACG class"?

...because... I'd be down with that.


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Firstly I would like to thank Paizo and its development team for integrating us so substantially into the design process. There are many things in the playtest that strike my fancy and I am looking forward to experimenting with a lot of it. That said, I wish to make a strong appeal to the developers to reconsider the current design on the Brawler class.

In my opinion some of the strongest design decisions that have emerged from Pathfinder are shown in classes such as the alchemist, rogue, barbarian and similar classes who possess abilities along the lines of discoveries, rogue talents and rage powers. Such class abilities go a long way in personalizing a class for a given character; and the design team does a sterling job of ensuring that all manner of strong class tropes are supported through these abilities. There is an additional benefit to such a design path: it is very easy for developers to add additional discoveries, talents and powers in supplements such as Player Companions. (In contrast, classes such as paladin, monk or fighter generally have to rely on feats or archetypes for new content, generally few and far between.)

Compare now such a diverse and personal class design with the brawler: the brawler is comparatively rigid with little flexibility for one brawler to distinguish herself from another.

I really enjoy the concept of Martial Maneuvers, it is exciting and filled with possibilities - easily the signature ability by which brawlers will come to be known by. A large portion of the remainder of class abilities can, I think, be encapsulated in player-chosen "brawling skills" (akin to discoveries, rogue talents and rage powers). See below a sample of how such a class could feel:

Brawler

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: unchanged
Martial Maneuvers (Ex): unchanged
Unarmed Strike: unchanged
Brawler Skills: detailed below
Maneuver Training: unchanged
Brawler's Flurry: At 4th level a brawler gains an additional move action in combat. She may use this move action to move at half her speed, or otherwise use it as a normal move action. At 8th level a brawler gains an additional standard action in combat. She may use this standard action to attack, total defense, use combat feats, or use any of her brawler class abilities. At 12th level a brawler gains an additional move action, and at 16th level a brawler gains an additional standard action, all prior restrictions apply. The move and standard actions gained cannot be combined into full-round actions.
Brawler Strike (Su): unchanged
Awesome Blow (Ex): unchanged

Brawler Skills: Starting at 2nd level, a brawler gains one brawler skill. She gains an additional brawler skill for every 2 levels of brawler attained after 2nd level. Except where indicated, a brawler cannot select an individual skill more than once. Brawling skills marked with an asterisk cannot be used in rounds where the brawler makes use of her brawler's flurry class ability.

Brawling dodger: A brawler with this skill gains a +1 dodge bonus to AC and CMD when she wears light armor, or +2 when she wear no armor. This bonus increases by +1 for every 5 levels of brawler she possesses. A brawler may pick this skill a second time, doing so increases the bonus by +1 for every 3 levels instead of every 5 levels. A brawler must be at least 6th level before picking this skill a second time.

Combat training: A brawler may chose a combat feat instead of a brawling skill, she must meet the prerequisites of that combat feat. A brawler may pick this skill any number of times. When chosing combat training, a brawler may change any feats gained previously with combat training; she must still meet all the prerequisites of feats chosen.

Fast: A brawler with this skill gains a +10 bonus to her speed. A brawler may pick this skill once for every 4 brawler levels she possesses.

Flurry* (Ex): A brawler with this skill may, as a full-round action, perform a flurry. When doing so a brawler is treated as having the Two-Weapon Fighting feat when attacking with unarmed strikes or weapons with the “monk” special feature. She does not need to use two different weapons to use this ability. A brawler applies her full Strength bonus to her damage rolls for all successful attacks made with brawler’s flurry, whether the attacks are made with an off-hand or with a weapon wielded in both hands. A brawler may substitute disarm, sunder, and trip combat maneuvers for unarmed attacks as part of brawler’s flurry. A brawler with natural weapons cannot use such weapons as part of brawler’s flurry, nor can she make natural attacks in addition to her brawler’s flurry attacks. A brawler may pick this skill a second time, doing so grants her the Improved Two-Weapon Fighting feat at 8th level, and Greater Two-Weapon Fighting feat at 15th level. She must be at least 8th level before selecting this skill a second time.

Knockout (Su): A brawler with this skill can unleash a devastating attack that can instantly knock a target unconscious. She must announce this intent before making her attack roll. If the brawler strikes successfully and the target takes damage from the blow, the target must succeed at a Fortitude saving throw (DC 10 + 1/2 the brawler’s level + the higher of the brawler’s Strength or Dexterity modifier) or fall unconscious for 1d6 rounds. Using this ability more than once on a given day reduces the saving throw DC by 5 for each time previously used; once the DC is less than 1, the ability can no longer be used that day. Creatures immune to critical hits or nonlethal damage are immune to this ability. The DC for this ability resets once per day after the brawler is fully rested.

Painful Punches (Ex): A brawler with this skill may add +5 to the damage she deals with unarmed strikes, instead of bonus damage gained from Strength or Dexterity. A brawler must be at least 4th level before selecting this skill.

Professional: A brawler with this skill considers her brawler level as her fighter level for the purpose of qualifying for combat feats.

Stun Specialist: A brawler with this skill gains the Stunning Fist feat. She considers her brawler level as her monk level for the purpose of determining how many times a day she can use the Stunning Fist feat.

Style Savant: A brawler with this skill may chose a single style feat, or feat that has a style feat as a prerequisite, without meeting that feats requirements.


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I clearly need to make a plan with respect to acquiring this game.


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I think that Paizo had a lucky hand when they picked Dave Gross to spearhead Pathfinder Tales. Radovan and Jeggare both make for very entertaining reading - and, to my mind, Dave Gross just hits that sweet spot of making his Pathfinder novels reveal secrets and reach scope that the shepherds of Golarion jealously guard.

I'm still eagerly awaiting the arrival of my copy of King of Chaos (South Africa and international shipping... oh joy...)


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I'm well amped. I'll have to make a plan though, I don't think I want it to be shipped to South Africa as I do with my normal subscriptions. Too risky.


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I was wondering if the Magical Tail feat (kitsune, Advanced Race Guide, page 193) is legal in conjunction with the Racial Heritage feat (human, Advanced Player's Guide, page 168).

I thought the combination along with making a human ninja is the perfect rationalization for a ninja who has a nine-tailed fox sealed inside him (for those that are familiar with the anime Naruto).


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Is about time that Cheliax gets the cut. Honor be the Lantern Lodge!


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One of the big problems - mechanically speaking - of monks is that they are given two-weapon-fighting for free; and then are left alone to fend for themselves with nothing else to differentiate themselves. Other combat classes get either conditional (sneak attack, favored enemy) or limited use (smite, rage) or just plain flat bonuses (weapon training, access to fighter-only feats).

By my reckoning, "something" interesting should happen to allow the monk to distinguish himself in a combat setting. I've previously put together a new flurry mechanic that is designed to create new options for a monk (refer to the blog post) - but in this post I want to suggest an alternative flurry mechanic that is more combat orientated and suitable for monks in their current form (rather than a complete monk rewrite).

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Flurry of Blows

Starting at 1st level, a monk can make a flurry of blows as a full-attack action. When performing a flurry of blows, if the monk successfully hits a foe he may make one additional attack at his highest base attack bonus. For the purpose of a flurry of blows, the monk’s base attack bonus from his monk class levels is equal to his monk level. For all other purposes, such as qualifying for a feat or a prestige class, the monk uses his normal base attack bonus.

At 8th level, when performing a flurry of blows a monk who successfully hits with two attacks (including attacks granted by the flurry of blows class feature) is granted an additional attack at his highest base attack bonus.

At 15th level, when performing a flurry of blows a monk who successfully hits with three attacks (including attacks granted by the flurry of blows class feature) is granted an additional attack at his highest base attack bonus.

A monk may substitute disarm, sunder, and trip combat maneuvers for unarmed attacks as part of a flurry of blows. A monk cannot use any weapon other than an unarmed strike or a special monk weapon as part of a flurry of blows. A monk with natural weapons cannot use such weapons as part of a flurry of blows, nor can he make natural attacks in addition to his flurry of blows attacks.

A monk may spend 1 ki point to initiate a flurry of blows as a standard action. Unlike a flurry of blows performed as a full-attack action, a monk that initiates a flurry of blows as a standard action does not get iterative attacks, just a single attack - however he does benefit from using his monk level as his base attack bonus, and if his attack is successful he gains additional attacks as normal for the flurry of blows ability. This allows the monk to make up to four attacks as a standard action at level 15, provided that at least the first three attacks successfully hit.

Two-weapon fighting has been removed out of the flurry of blows class feature. However, they are still compatible: a monk that so chooses could take the two-weapon fighting feats the usual way and thus gain more attacks with which to trigger bonus attacks from the flurry of blows class feature.

The provision to use a flurry of blows as a standard action using ki additionally goes quite some way to allow the strengths of the monk class to merge: high mobility and many attacks.


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Oh excellent result! Dave Gross is currently my favorite Pathfinder Fiction author. A quadruple dose is welcome!


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Hi, I thought I'd hear the resonance on the following:

A monk of the empty hand wields two-handed weapons as if they were quarterstaffs instead. So a 1d12 greataxe becomes a 1d6/1d6 quarterstaff in the hands of the monk.

The question is what happens when he wields a +1 greataxe?

I suspect he then wields the equivalent of a +1/+1 quarterstaff.

Any thoughts welcome.


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I quite like that spread. It appears neither of the sample druids makes use of an archetype - is that true in general and all NPCs are core classes only?


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Assuming my character has two magical amulets around his neck, an amulet of mighty fists and an amulet of natural armor. Only one of these is "active" and bestows its benefit at a time - but what is the cost to switch which one is the "active" amulet? Can I do it as a standard action? Is it a free action? A move or swift action? Full-round?

thanks :)


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Everybody appears to have an idea of what the bodywraps of mighty strikes should have been. Here I present my take on it. The advantage: can be used for unarmed-only as well as unarmed+weapon monks (provided the unarmed-only monk doesn't mind having his walking stick (ki resonating quarterstaff) to hand). Additionally it can help a little to get around DR and can potentially escalate to +8 equivalent weapons.

Ki Resonating
Price +2 bonus
Aura moderate transmutation CL 12th
A ki resonating weapon, when held or wielded, grants its enhancement bonus to the wielder's unarmed strikes. A wielder with a ki pool may spend 1 ki point to grant all melee special abilities of the weapon to the wielder's unarmed strikes for one round. When doing so, the wielder's unarmed strikes bypass damage reduction as the weapon would in addition to the damage reduction that the unarmed strikes bypass inherently.
Construction requirements
Cost +2 bonus
Craft Magic Arms and Armor, creator must be a monk

Comparing with Amulet of Mighty Fists

Amulet of Mighty Fists +1 5000gp
Amulet of Mighty Fists +2 20000gp
Amulet of Mighty Fists +3 45000gp
Amulet of Mighty Fists +4 80000gp
Amulet of Mighty Fists +5 125000gp

+1 ki resonating weapon 18000gp (+weapon cost)
+2 ki resonating weapon 32000gp (+weapon cost)
+3 ki resonating weapon 50000gp (+weapon cost)
+4 ki resonating weapon 72000gp (+weapon cost)
+5 ki resonating weapon 98000gp (+weapon cost)
+6 ki resonating weapon 128000gp (+weapon cost)
+7 ki resonating weapon 162000gp (+weapon cost)
+8 ki resonating weapon 200000gp (+weapon cost)

As the list indicates, a ki resonating weapon costs about the same as an amulet of mighty fists at the +3 and +4 range; before that the amulet is significantly cheaper - and at +5 the ki resonating weapon is noticeably cheaper. At the ranges +6 to +8 it would appear to be a steal for a ki resonating weapon - but keep in mind that weapons are limited to a +5 enhancement bonus; meaning at best the weapon would grant a +5 enhancement bonus to unarmed strikes all the time; while the special properties (such as flaming, wounding, keen) are only granted to the wielder for a round when he spends a ki point.


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There's a fair amount of buzz due to Ultimate Equipment coming out; and on the whole it's not a major haul for monk lovers - but that's not to say that there's not some possibility for greatness.

I've not hyper-optimized, but present Fabio as a proof of concept monk. The maths below assumes an 11th level character and produces a respectable DPR that is team-orientated. The maths gets relatively convoluted, but details are given in the spoiler.

Level 11 monk, hasted DPR 92:

Friends-Through-Muscles Fabio
Monk of the empty hand 11

Str 22 = 16 + 2 racial + 2 levels + 2 enhancement
Dex 14
Con 12
Int 10
Wis 13
Cha 10

For the most part, your choice on items and feats; but the build thrives on having lots of ki points, so making a plan along that line will certainly help. The only absolutely essential item is a ring of ki mastery (10 000gp). I've used Weapon Focus (improvised weapon wielded), Weapon Focus (unarmed), and Improvised Weapon Mastery.

Required for the maths that I use, Fabio flurries using a +3 one-handed weapon (used as an improvised weapon) and his unarmed strikes:
- ring of ki mastery (10 000gp)
- +3 one-handed weapon (20 000gp)
- +1 amulet of mighty fists (5 000gp)

attack fist during flurry 17 (11 bab - 2 flurry + 6 str + 1 feat + 1 magic)
attack improvised weapon during flurry 19 (11 bab - 2 flurry + 6 str + 1 feat + 3 magic)
damage fist 2d8+7 (6 str + 1 magic)
damage improvised weapon 1d8+9 (6 str + 3 magic) (uses improvised weapon mastery feat)

Facing CR 11 opponent (assumes AC 25):

basic: fan, fist, fan, fist, fan (19/17/14/12/9)
0.75 * 13.5 * 1.1 + 0.65 * 16 * 1.05 + 0.5 * 13.5 * 1.1 + 0.4 * 16 * 1.05 + 0.25 * 13.5 * 1.1 = 39.915

3 ki points: fan becomes +3 greater designating fan
0.75 * (13.5 * 1.1 + 0.85 * 22 * 1.05 + 0.7 * 19.5 * 1.1 + 0.6 * 22 * 1.05 + 0.45 * 19.5 * 1.1) + 0.25 * (0.65 * 16 * 1.05 + 0.5 * (13.5 * 1.1 + 0.6 * 22 * 1.05 + 0.45 * 19.5 * 1.1) + 0.5 * (0.4 * 16 * 1.05 + 0.25 * 13.5 * 1.1)) = 63.58875

if hasted
0.8 * (13.5 * 1.1 + 0.95 * 19.5 * 1.1 + 0.9 * 22 * 1.05 + 0.75 * 19.5 * 1.1 + 0.65 * 22 * 1.05 + 0.5 * 19.5 * 1.1) + 0.2 * (0.8 * (13.5 * 1.1 + 0.9 * 22 * 1.05 + 0.75 * 19.5 * 1.1 + 0.65 * 22 * 1.05 + 0.5 * 19.5 * 1.1) + 0.2 * (0.7 * 16 * 1.05 + 0.55 * (13.5 * 1.1 + 0.65 * 22 * 1.05 + 0.5 * 19.5 * 1.1) + 0.45 * (0.45 * 16 * 1.05 + 0.3 * 13.5 * 1.1))) = 92.25045

The basic work-horse is the "designating, greater" weapon enhancement. A monk of the empty hand can imbue his improvised weapons with any weapon enhancement, even ones that don't usually work on the weapon (greater designating is a ranged/ammunition enhancement normally). Ordinarily it would cost 4 ki points to imbue a +4 weapon property like greater designating - but thanks to a charged ring of ki mastery the cost is reduced to 3; which allows a monk of the empty hand to use it from level 11 onwards.

Once you hit an opponent with a greater designating weapon, allies (including yourself) receive a +4 moral bonus to attack and +6 moral bonus to damage for 1 round. This allows Fabio to be a tremendous team player to quickly take down a powerful enemy, while doing pretty respectable damage himself.

The build is >very< sensitive to any bonus to attacks, and haste (granting an additional attack with the greater designating weapon) gives a big boost to the damage output. Thus if you were to add a bard or some buff spells or other means to increase odds of connecting with your greater designating weapon (invisibility, feint, etc) then the build goes from strength to strength.

Basic odds of designating a foe in a round: 90.5%
Odds of designating a foe in a round while hasted: 98.7%


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I know everybody is doing it these days - but I figure that is not a reason not to get involved. On tenletter I've posted my monk remake. The post is quite long (sorry!) but it offers a really big new look at the monk.

To preview the design principles:


  • bring something new to the table: the monk’s “flurry” is not special, other than its limitations and that it is for “free”. Anybody can go and take two-weapon fighting feats.
  • create options: the monk class as defined by Paizo’s Pathfinder is very diverse and feature rich – but it is also a static richness of features that doesn’t change from monk to monk (other than by the application of archetypes)
  • endorse stereotypes: something that Paizo did right for several classes is the ability to re-create iconic characters or abilities by judicial application of character options. A ninja that creates shadow clones of himself? Check. A witch that has animated hair or a sleep-inducing poisoned apple? Check. These are options not imposed onto the class, but are exposed to the class. This is a great thing.

The "Flurry" is entirely re-designed; and the remade monk now gains "insights" (the equivalent to rogue talents, rage powers, discoveries, and so forth).


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Its perhaps not common knowledge, but South Africa celebrates National Cleavage Day today. It's tradition over at tenletter that I post a beautiful cleavage coupled with new gaming options. It's all in good fun, and this year I'm presenting a monk archetype! The mistress of cherry blossoms awaits.

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There's something infinitely cool about the way Paizo handles its fans. It is really rare to see a community fostered in such a natural and inclusive way. Neither overdone, nor lacking.

I'm keenly awaiting the results of RPG Superstar 2012's first round. So jealous of Sean and Jerall!

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And remember: go for gold! Get printed in ULTIMATE EQUIPMENT!

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And the very best, fortune and fun for everyone, from me to Paizo and everybody!

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Ah! Excellent, this will give me time to plan; everything counted the total word count appears to be 400ish. That'll do :)

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I would like to voice the desire for Goblinworks to include an API that exposes relevant data for modding and user-interface development. If available I imagine there is any number of programmers that would enjoy developing a variety of custom GUIs for character presentation, inventory management, leveling, and-so-forth. Relevant data could be provided in JSON or XML format (such as item lists, legal/illegal perk/feat choices, and so forth).


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Now that I've enjoyed the Gazetteer - I'm very keen on the Primer!


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Hi

This order has finally arrived (this being South Africa, things take a little while). There's a small problem with it, namely that the Pathfinder Tales in it is Death's Heretic, as opposed to the expected Master of Devils.

The Jade Regent adventure path and Book of the Damned vol 3 is present and fine, fortunately.

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When I pointed out Pathfinder Online to my ex (an avid Pathfinder player) her first response was: "Yes! A place where I will recruit followers for Nocticula!" (She's got great hopes for the demon, hoping to one day see her rise as a full-fledged goddess.)

Which begs the question: can/will Pathfinder Online support her dream?

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There's just so much to say and think about the Pathfinder Online MMO that it is hard to find one place to start. So exciting!

What character (and advancement) system will be used? Typically MMO's thrive on the premise that there's always another level up waiting and having 100 levels isn't out of the question. This is in direct contrast with Pathfinder, where the RPG caps out at level 20 (and realistically I don't really want to see anybody above level 12 or so given the RPG specs).

There are probably all kinds of opinions on the matter, so let my input be: please do not make sacrifices to create a "balanced" array of character options. Pathfinder is a great system because it encourages diversity and options at every step. Creating "balance" (in the sense that for example WoW classes are balanced) is, to me, anathema to the spirit of Pathfinder.


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For GMs only.

I enjoy running Jade Regent for my players currently; we're still quite early in the game (just having finished the Brinemarsh). This thread is intended to collect neat ideas for the campaign from myself and others.

Most recently the climax was my players facing Tsutamu, the end-boss of the marsh, in his cave. He's a samurai skeletal champion; so although the rules don't really support it - I used his Resolve ability to heighten the intensity of the encounter.

A normal samurai can use resolve to:

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Unstoppable: When the samurai is reduced to fewer than 0 hit points but not slain, he can spend one use of his resolve as an immediate action to instantly stabilize and remain conscious. He is staggered, but he does not fall unconscious and begin dying if he takes a standard action. He does fall unconscious if he takes additional damage from any source.

An undead cannot normally benefit from this - but I did it anyway: when he was reduced to less than 1hp (which usually destroys an undead) I let him use his resolve ability to keep animating his remains. He has two a day and he also happened to have challenged the paladin; the paladin dropped him but his resolve allowed him to keep standing and drop the paladin instead (which also allowed him to regain one resolve use for the day). It took a few more rounds after that and a really on-the-edge group of players for the remaining PCs to finally go all the way through and end Tsutamu.

What I liked about it; was that the high damage dealers could burn through Tsutamu's HP with their two-handed power attacks; but this was in-itself not enough to drop him. Once he was using resolve to keep standing any damage would be enough to drop him - but he could stay around long enough to really instill a sense of dread and urgency in the party.

In the end two of the party were unconscious and dying/stable, the third managed to do the final blow that dropped Tsutamu (while being himself staggered, so he fell unconscious right after that). And the fourth PC (a bard scared witless after she was already severely stat-drained from a severe case of filth fever who stood in the corner trying to be brave for her friends).

Great fun in other words :D

PS - oh, indeed the final attack to drop Tsutamu was a natural 20 confirmed by a second natural 20 - which the character (a monk) announced before rolling as his "ryuken style secret finishing move". It slayed Tsutamu and the monk fell unconscious afterward. A truly epic ending to the encounter.


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While we're all eagerly awaiting additional FAQ/errata for Ultimate Combat, there are a few things that I'd like to know more of:

1. How do mystic wisdom and the advice ability work together exactly? The rules say: "a sensei may use his advice ability when spending points from his ki pool to activate a class ability".


  • Does this mean that the sensei must spend 1 round of advice and ki points to activate the ability?
  • Or does it mean that the mystic wisdom ability can only be used while using the advice ability (i.e. he must currently be busy inspiring courage in his allies or similar)
  • Does it mean the benefit persists while the sensei is using his advice ability (i.e. when he gives an ally fast movement, then the ally is fast as long as the sensei keeps orating with his advice ability). This naturally does not apply for once-off effects like wholeness of body.

2. Does the sensei qualify for Extra Performance for his Advice ability? (Ditto for qualifying for prestige classes, and so forth that require bardic performance.)

3. Who is the original author for the sensei? I ask so that it is easier to determine the intention (which is relevant to me) - as opposed to seeing the eventual errata/clarifications.


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Oh! Cool! This is the kind of AP supporting material that is great for GMs and players. I approve!


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Rules, Idea:
This thread is intended to be simply a collection of great (or just average) ideas for feats, spells, talents, tricks, powers and so forth. Long discussions or getting side-trekked should be discouraged (a new thread can be spawned for that).

I hope it works, it would be great to have a place to reference with nice ideas. Any ideas posted here would automatically belong to Paizo, and maybe one or two ideas will be adopted (or act as muses) for future Pathfinder content.

Format:

Format for posting:

Name - Type
Details
Comments in spoiler

Format for commenting: Name-of-ability-with-comments-in-spoilers

Example:

Crucial Twist - Rogue Talent
When you confirm a critical hit against an opponent that you are not already applying sneak attack damage to, you may add your sneak attack damage to the damage roll as a swift action. This only works against foes that can be sneak attacked.

Crucial Twist, Commentary:

I always found it strange that a rogue would rather get into flanking to deal high damage rather than be able to rely on a critical hit dealing substantial damage. Subject to the build, of course, but you should get the idea.


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The "Advice" class ability describes itself as identical to bardic performance, the question for me is whether the Sensei qualifies for the feat Extra Performance. I think by RAW it might be "no", and I think by RAI it might be "yes".


Here's the place for general banter and OOC discussions for my Crimson Throne pbp.


1st of Desnus, 4708 AR

A windy dawn greets the city of Korvosa. A city that is already bustling with the chants of merchants and quiet rumble of wagons even though the sun has barely given the city a grudging nudge.

Curiously, several citizens find themselves uncommonly visited upon this morning. Esmerelda Darkbane, devout warrior of Abadar, finds a discreet envelope resting on her scale mail. A fellow devotee, a restless man named Caulder Baradin, returns from his morning service to find a card, delicately placed on his bed. A young, slightly disheveled brute of a man that is known as Ten by his few friends suspiciously eyes the card that had until recently rested between the pages of a tome, a book filled with formulae that he routinely studied. Finally a remarkably charming dwarf, Pagrip Staurmbar, steadily eyed a card that he'd have sworn wasn't there a minute ago. But it had his name on it.

Perhaps, if the fates are kind, these four will find their hearts' desires soon. Very soon indeed.

Esmerelda:

The envelope contains a single harrow card, on its backside is a message.

Caulder:

The card is, in fact, a single harrow card, on its backside is a message.

Ten:

The card is, in fact, a single harrow card, on its backside is a message.

Pagrip:

The card is, in fact, a single harrow card, on its backside is a message.

Hint:
I hope the links work properly. They should be fine for everybody that has permissions to access the campaign site; if there are difficulties you can find the card also in the "Library" section of the campaign site. Also, you can find the OOC thread over here.


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Just testing, do the links work... don't mind me coming through :)

Link

Edit: seems to work fine, thanks for your patience ;)


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But if you do move into a new space as part of the maneuver and then continue to move your foe, you can reposition the line of movement each time you change the location of your space, granting you more options when it comes to your foe's final positioning.

Oh, that part is new. And nice.


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Hi Paizo Staff! :)

I'm worried that there may have been a complication with the order of the current large batch. Yesterday I received sms notification from my bank that the order's payment was scheduled. I do not however see the actual payment on my statements today, nor have access to the PDFs.

I know that its standard procedure to check my account before actual charging - but that check happened last week to my knowledge, and I was expecting the actual order to be shipped about today.

Could you please have a look and verify what is going on. If necessary please email me, though I'll look on this thread frequently too. Thank you kindly.
Henri


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I wish one of my fellow gamers would get into this kind of thing. Sculpting terrain, and environment features, would be great for my game table.


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Had this been a real post, I would've swooned and fanboid about the special PaizoCon information.


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This is an attempt to bring a bit of color to the vow of poverty which has received some rather heated debate. The net result is still a tremendous burden for the character; but the reward is at least somewhat more in line with what other vows offer.

Vow of Poverty:
The monk taking a vow of poverty must never own more than six possessions — a simple set of clothing, a pair of sandals or shoes, a bowl, a sack, a blanket, and any one other item. Five of these items must be of plain and simple make, though one can be of some value (often an heirloom of great personal significance to the monk). The monk can never keep more money or wealth on his person than he needs to feed, bathe, and shelter himself for 1 week in modest accommodations. He cannot borrow or carry wealth or items worth more than 50 gp that belong to others. He is allowed to accept and use curative potions (or similar magical items where the item is consumed and is valueless thereafter) from other creatures. A monk with this vow increases his ki pool by 1 ki point for every 2 monk levels (minimum +1).

Addition: A monk adhering to the vow of poverty gains greater insight into ki mysteries than others. Starting at fourth level, and every even level thereafter, the monk gains a ki power that he qualifies for (chosen from the list of ki powers available to a qinggong monk). Should the monk fail to comply with the vow of poverty — or forgo it — he loses not only his bonus ki, but also the ki powers granted. Unlike the bonus ki, which can be recovered after a month of adhering to the vow — the ki powers are only recovered after he adheres to the vow of poverty for a year. Unlike other vows, a monk adhering to the vow of poverty does not give up the Still Mind class feature.

Observations and details:

  • "five items must be of plain and simple make" — that is without magical or masterwork craftsmanship
  • "a pair of sandals or shoes" — is counted as a single possession; likewise a set of shurikens or a quiver of arrows count as a single possession
  • "can never keep more money or wealth on his person than he needs to feed, bathe, and shelter himself for 1 week in modest accommodations" — this qualifies outside the six possessions of the monk; and grants him a wealth pool of roughly 5gp; likewise it allows the monk to carry a small amount of food which (if rationed) can keep him for a week
  • just by holding an item for a short duration, the monk does not gain ownership of it — thus the monk can help lift or move objects without compromising his vow
  • cannot borrow or carry wealth or items worth more than 50 gp that belong to others — this prohibits the monk from using an enemy's weapon against him; but it doesn't prohibit the monk from disarming an enemy
  • "one can be of some value" — the monk doesn't shun all items because of their intrinsic value, but because of their economic impact. In that sense the one valuable item granted the monk does not represent a concession to wealth but allows the monk to own an item that is deeply significant to him. In principle there is no limit to the value of this one item, though a character should still roughly adhere to the wealth guidelines set out in general: meaning that the one item should not account for more than around 25% of a character's suggested wealth-by-level
  • "often an heirloom of great personal significance to the monk" — though other good reason for possession exist such as: to serve as a reminder of a significant event, as a spiritual focus, a relic that the monk needs to protect, a gift from a person important to the monk, and many other reasons


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At level 10 a staff magus can use a staff as if it were a magical quarterstaff with an enhancement bonus based on the staffs casterlevel. So far so good. What I want to know is if the spells cast using the staff's charges can be done as part of spell combat, or whether only the magus' innate prepared spells can be used for that.

Thanks :)


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Hey :) - I just wanted to let everybody know that South Africa is celebrating National Cleavage Day (yes, seriously). As such it is Jerall and my civic and patriotic duty to encourage cleavage ogling. We moved to do so by posting two new class options:

Crimson Coquette (Jerall's bard archetype)
Oracle of Lust (my submission, complete with curse)

Please have fun and enjoy this auspicious day! Comments here or on tenletter are welcome! :)

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Wow. I'm well impressed; the finale really does bring out the best in the competition. Thank you contestants and judges for your efforts - one of you will be rewarded suitably in the next few weeks. The rest of you will have to get to sit down and write modules and society adventures.

I promise here, I will endeavor to reach this point in next year's contest! :)

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