In my game you would have to declare it as a free action. Just like you have to declare if you are swinging a longsword with one hand or two hand. You can change pretty much at your whim. You just change the way you wield it so you get the extra 10' of reach and can trip, but do reduced damage.
Its classification changes when you make your declaration. It would never be both one-handed and two-handed at the same time.
For purposes of hit points or anything else targeting the weapon I consider it to have the property of the scorpion whip irregardless of how its wielded however.
I wish I could remotely decipher what the intended with the scorpion whip.
1) A large version of what is normal a light weapon, would be a one handed weapon.
2) If you wield a one-handed weapon in two hands you get to add 1.5x your strength to damage, true.
Those I am pretty confident about. 3 and 4 this is what I go with.
3) My answer is yes. For my players if they wield a scorpion whip as a whip they get all of the whip properties (and none of the scorpion whip). So if wielded as a large whip it would be two-handed. If wielded as a Scorpion whip its one-handed.
4) First the Agile weapon property doesn't let you use your dexterity for your attack bonus it only affects the modifier to damage. But more to the point, when a large scorpion whip is wielded by a medium creature you cannot the agile property would cease to function because its not usable with weapon finesse. When wielded as a two handed whip to a medium creature the property would function.
If I gave my dragon pistol the distance enhancement, would that increase the range of the cone as well?
It probably should but it doesn't. The size of the cone is not related to the range increment of the dragon pistol.
Kirth Gersen wrote:
Right, but as cited that's because the base 10 ft. reach was doubled. If your reach is a base 5 ft., and then gets doubled, and then doubled again, the multiplication rules mean it's only 15 ft. In other words, Medoum + enlarge person + reach weapon = very good, but not as good as Large + reach weapon.
Enlarge person does not double a persons reach. If it did, a small halfling enlarged would have a 10' natural reach he doesn't. And an enlarged tiny creature would still have a 0' reach, when it would should have a 5' reach (default for small upright creatures).
I don't know that I've ever seen an NPC running enlarge person and wielding a reach weapon in an adventure path or module. Its really a players tactic as writters have so many better options to put large creatures on the table.
You could threaten a square because you wield a dagger. And on the AoO make a melee attack with a whip. Or you could make an unarmed strike without the improved unarmed strike feet. Or you could replace the melee attack with a trip attempt and not use any weapon attack.
What prevents you from using the longspear at 5' is the reach property which states you can't use it again adjacent foes. Or are you under the impression that you cannot normally make a bow attack at 5' range because it has some kind of dead zone like reach weapons do?
I'm asking where's the rule stating this isn't true for a bow with Reflexive Shot.
Where is the rule that you can only makes attacks of opportunity with weapons you threaten with?
You can ignore "The monk still threatens squares he could reach with unarmed strikes" bit. Its just there to clarify that you still threaten those squares.
You AoO with the bow is not limited to 5'. If you threaten (ie can make a melee attack into) a square 20' away and someone provokes from you there you can make an AoO with the bow (or with whatever you threatened with).
The default assumption is you are a small or medium sized character with improved unarmed strike and thus threaten the squares within 5' of you even when not wielding a melee weapon.
I'm curious, what process do my fellow pathfinders go through when making a new character? Do you have any standards or criteria that you try to meet?
I think characters should generally be able to out preform the NPC pregens. If you can't do that I might try to avoid tables you are at.
Group A wrote:
So it pretty much screws any characters that chews to fight with two weapons if you use the fifth printing rules.
There was no change with regard to two weapon fighting. It still only grants 1 additional attack when taking full attack option. The change was just to a clarification that it worked with natural weapons rather than just held weapons.
Random Point, why does everyone assume the cost is based on the least expensive effect*1/2 and not the most or the first effect applied?
I think it was stated in such in one of the DMG sidebars of 3.x. And didn't make it into the SRD, thus it didn't get duplicated in pathfinder.
What armor to wear is a dex based character is a tricky subject. What you need to decide is how many times do you want to change the armor base over the coarse of your career. As its essentially given away every time you switch.
At level 20 you are probably looking at a 36 Dex (18+2 racial+5 level+6 enhancement+5 inherent).
The only items that will let you get that 13 dex mod bonus, are the bracers of armor, or the eastern Haramaki/Silken Ceremonial armors which have no cap on dexterity contribution. The bracers maximize your AC, but the others are options if you want to get some of the other armor bonus options. So those are you endgame armors. But they aren't the most cost efficient throughout your career.
At level 12, I'd assume he has a +4 dex belt (though a +6 is not beyond reason.) So his dex mod would be at +8. So the best maximum AC he could get at this point is from Celestial Armor.
Also note, nimble functions just fine with a mithril breastplate is considered light armor for all limitations other than proficiency.
The obvious answer is add magic items. At 12th level you should have about 108,00gp to spend. Also a shield/buckler though you seem to be two weapon fighting so maybe that's a no go.
1,000gp: Armor/Shield +1
All of the above would be a +12 to your ac for 44,000gp not an unreasonable amount of your total wealth.
Size bonuses. Enlarge person/righteous might, or any of the poly morph spell lines. Polymorph any object is a way to permanently make yourself very strong.
Mighty strength from Dwarves of Golarion is a +8 enhancement bonus, though technically that 3.5 material.
Are opponents able to Tumble away from me if they were beside me and I had the Stand Still feat? Or rather is there anything that could negate the effects of Stand Still and allow them to get away from my flurious wrath?
So long as they don't provoke stand still doesn't trigger. They could just withdraw or 5' step away from from you. But using acrobats to move without provoked gets them away as well.
Those class abilities take a standard action to activate assuming you don't prebuff. A standard action is usually a significant portion of a players combat action allotment. And I would gladly trade those class features in for an overland flight/permanent variant if such was an option.
Honestly if Angel Wings didn't have that pesky racial requirement I am sure they would be extremely popular feats to take.
Can I be an aasimer elf with half elf traits and half aasimer traits? It says that aasimers do not necessarily need to be human, so is this possible?
It just changes you appearance. Instead of looking like an odd human, you look like an odd half-elf. Human aasimar don't get human racial traits, half-elf assimar don't get half elf racial traits.
Respect the 10 foot square. You will find them very common in Pathfinder modules (mildly annoying yes, but common all the same). You don't need to make the encounter more lethal than the module wrote it, if you don't wish to.
I just think you are wrong. First having a lower initiative than all 3 of the enemy is bad rolls. I am willing to bet the majority of parties who went through this encounter without a PC death. It has far more to deal with the way the GM chose to run the encounter and the way the PCs approached it, than the way the module wrote it.
Reading the encounter in question:
As written in the module the only specter that acts in the surprise round is the one in the sarcophagus (and its acts when the sarcophagus is opened). The other 3 come out of the walls the following round. By the original posters description (not opening the closed sarcophagus) of what happened the encounter never should have taken place.
The room is question is a hexagon with a 30' width, 10' wide doorways at the north and south ends, with two 5'by 10' sarcophagus in the room as the only other objects of note. This seems to provide a fair amount of maneuvering room.
The specters explicitly don't leave the vault (go through the southern doors which would lead into daylight (if entered during daytime).
I read this as an encounter likely to cause damage, but unlikely to kill anyone at apl 10. It may force the party to rest to be better prepared.
Eric Saxon wrote:
Its priced with the assumption you are going to stack it to maximum +6 and with the 100% cost increase for being a slotless magic item. Thus it cost 72,000gp for a +6 stat (via 3*24,000gp ioun stones) ie 2x the cost of the 36,000 +6 stat headband or belt.
Silent Saturn wrote:
Yes. When you use this feat, irregardless of what you normal happens when you channel energy, you pick a subtype of outsiders and if you want to heal or harm them. Then you deal Xd6 worth of healing or damage (whichever you picked) to that subset of outsiders who get to make a save to resist it.
I have a hard time see why you think being able to harm outsiders with a positive channeling cleric is so entirely worthless you would rather take prone shooter as a feat.
I generally don't like handing templates out to PCs. That said comparing it to the advanced simple template (which I consider to be the baseline +1 template) the ogrekin template gets:
+2 Str, -4 dex, -6 int, -4 Wis, -6 Cha, +1 Natural Armor. And a random benefit worth about a feat, and penalty worth about a feat.
I don't know, if templates are on the board I really think more people would take advanced than ogrekin. The Giant template (again a +1) is probably better than ogrekin as well if you just want a brute.
So I have a hard time saying ogrekin is an op template. Templates probably shouldn't fall into the hands of players but if they do, ogrekin isn't near the top of the list.
Incorporeal can be frustrating. Especially based on how GMs occasionally run them. Note if in an object they can only detect adjacent squares. And they can't move through an object larger than them. Also the unnatural aura might have told you something was up if you brought an animal within 30'. Detect evil might have been warranted as well depending on the environment.
Death ward makes you immune to energy drain. So if you got a death ward on the target before he died, then he should have survived unless the 1d8 damage killed him.
That said I don't think 52 HP (or 104 effecitve) is overmuch. And 2 levels per attack, means it took 5 standard actions to kill something. How many things do you target with 5 of your parties standard/full action survive?
Covert it all to diamond dust so its more useful and doesn't have a weight. Trade/Goods gems trade at full value so there really is no reason to carry coinage. Dust can be broken down to gold piece increments so its perfect for making change. Really the only reason to use coins is to advertise your support for whomever has there image stamped upon the disc.
I think the rules you seek are in Distant Worlds. Its not a book I bothered to pick up, but the description states: "...Easy new rules for adventuring on other planets, including discussions on gravity, temperature, time, vacuum, and traveling between worlds."
The official PFS response to the blog was:
You can refund price difference in the Amulet. The ruling on brass knuckles (not using monk unarmed strike damage) was made/clarified shortly after the release of the advanced players guide. I don't think by PFS standard you get an official refund there. And at this point its been years so I wouldn't have high hopes. Though you can rebuild if you are still level 1 and refund at full price.
Whatever you decide on the trick will be mounting it as 99% of commercial video projectors are designed to be displayed on a wall or vertical screen rather than horizontally on a table top.
The best solution is probably mounting it under a glass top table and projecting upwards. But taking a lightweight projector and mounting it on the ceiling can work as well (but my wife would never tolerate the cords).
Gallant Inspiration would seem to fit the bill. You could use while crafting to create masterpieces (or at least slavage would be failures). It also will probably be useful throughout you adventuring career as its an immediate action and can be used in combat.
Good Hope or Heroism is also a potent spell option giving you a bonus to skill checks which seems appropriate.
Minor Creation (summoner 3) or Stone Shape might work too. Its a versatile spell that could take advantage of your crafting skills.
I would redefine from a hostile source, as hit by an attack that does lethal damage (ie something that requires an attack roll). I just don't want to see perpetual damage (caltrops, vicious weapons, bleeding etc) trigger it round after round.
If you want to set a round/day cap, max rage gained per day = barbarian level (min 3). This lets it grow far beyond the extra rage feat without being superior in every possible way.
Another solution might be a prerequisite of barbarian 5 or 7. I don't want barbarian 1/other class 19 to have unlimited rage for a feat. It also may be more appropriate to make this a rage power rather than a feat.
Some people take the rule the encumbrance rule that medium/heavy encumbrance by weight count as medium/heavy armor for the purpose of abilities or skills that are restricted by armor (p. 169 core rules). This is also where you see the reduction in movement speed for encumbrance (flying has the same reduction as ground movement).
And the barding rules (armor for animals) that state creatures cannot fly in medium/heavy barding. (p.162 core rules)
To mean animals (or possibly anything) cannot fly with a medium/heavy encumbrance.
You get a fair amount of debate on the issue whenever it comes up.
And no you can't summon a creature with extra equipment. Else you would have people summoning things with +5 full plate etc. You get what's in the stat block nothing else. Honestly, you shouldn't be getting a saddle with the riding dog either, that's flavor text not listed equipment, but I'd probably let that one slide.
Cko Men wrote:
Sash of the War Champion only effects Armor Training and bravery. Fighter training only effects qualifying for feats. There is no overlap that I am aware of.
Patrick Harris @ SD wrote:
By generic D&D rules, the common person generates stats by 3d6. Creating range of values from 3-18. What you are saying is about 16% (or 35/216) are at or below 7 intelligence (ie Forest Gump). That seems like quite a large percentage of the world population.
Even by old heroic PC standards (4d6 drop lowest) 7 int or less would represent more than 5% of the world's hero population (74/1296).
I find it more realistic to think of Forest Gump as a 3 int. At the level of .4% (1/216) of the population. And its probably still too great a percentage of the populace as that.
The IQ rational for D&D intelligence has never held much water. Instead I think people associate the lowest allowable value with the what they perceive is the lowest playable level of intelligence. So they put 7 (in pathfinder) or 8 (in 3.x) right there with Mr. Gump.
(That said I think allowing players to point buy a 7 was a mistake, as was the value assigned it).
Optimiser? When I started they were called Min/Maxers and looked down on significantly.
This all breaks down to the definition optimizing. If you are at all better than the worst possible combination of choices for whatever action You have optimized your character to some extent. You are making better use of your resources than someone else thus you are more optimal.
And on the other extreme this game is open ended so open ended, its virtually impossible that any character is fully optimized to the point no one can do any given task better than him in whatever circumstance.
So everyone character fall between the absolute best and worse possible. Ideally you probably want to play with people who you think put about as much thought into their characters as you do. But that's probably a fairly narrow band and its probably not going to include everyone who plays PFS in your local area (which is essentially guaranteed because you are reading these boards and that means you spend a lot more effort than the majority of players) much less globally.
I am always amazed by advocates of dice rolling. I can't tell you how often I have seen players frustrated by low rolls particularly when they are lower than the players around them. And its gets so much worse when the person with the [14,12,10,10,9,8] array has to sit next to the guy with [18,18,18,17,17,16] array. I've seen it break up many a gaming table. Its kind of stupid to have 6 rolls, on day 1 determine that your character is going to be super weak compared to your neighbor for the next few dozen gaming sessions.
As to why 15 or 20 point buy. Paizo (or WotC/TSR) had to set some kind of baseline for writers to expect a party to have. Thus the standard array [15,14,13,12,10,8]. And similarly for NPCs [13,12,11,10,9,8]. Because the party with a billion gold pieces worth of stuff can probably do more than the copper party. So they set a guideline how much stuff the PC/NPC is expected to have.
Now if you are writing your own stuff for your own players that's fine. Then you can set whatever stat/gold baselines you want. But a lot of people don't want to invest the time in rebalancing every encounter to account for 4 supermen rather than 4 regular heroes.
And on the message boards people are going to assuming these guidelines hold some resemblance to the starting position of any thread, unless the original posters tell them otherwise.
Anyone know where I can find the average hp gains when you level? I'm trying to find this out because someone said a cleric gets 5 plus their con bonus and I wants to make sure on that information.
They probably refer to Pathfinder Society Characters player characters where HP gain by class level is defined in the Pathfinder Socity Guide.
Most Paizo most printed PC however use the true average of the die rounded down. ie your cleric would gain 4+con at level 2, and 5+con at level 3.
Its the lowest common denominator effect. The message board users know virtually nothing about the original posters game. They don't know how long your game session is, they don't know how much time each of your combats take, they don't know the intricate details of the world your GM created for you.
What users do know are the baseline rules and numbers. The rules and numbers don't change between gaming tables (much) thus they generally more useful information to pass along.
No you do not need a reach weapon. So share the mounts space, so effectively you are functionally a large (2x2) creature with your normal reach (pressumably 5').
If you wield a standard reach weapon, you would not be able to attack creatures adjust to your mount.
CWI does not double your wealth. That's a common mistake I often see from posters.
In you example CWI, it saved you 112,250gp, giving you a net worth of 146% of the expected wealth by level.
I don't think you are going to find many feats that are more effective than an extra 46% wealth.
Or comparing the two sample builds. Is it really that much of a toss up between Greater Spell Focus Abjuration and Craft Wonderous Items? I know which one I think is more powerful and its not even close.
I thank you for the 2 stat blocks. They seem pretty reasonable as to what to expect. (Also I had not looked up Staff of the master before, that will be on my must buy list from now on.)
I tend to think +4 con, +2 int, +1 or more AC, +1 to saves, is far worth more than even a good feat. Only leadership (which I also discourage players from planning on taking) is even in the same ballpark in my opinion.
Thus I ban Craft Magic X, from my games. Or rather tell players that they may craft (without spending feat) but they get no discount for doing so. Only the satisfaction of wielding something they made with their own hands.
also, am I just a harsh DM, or is not allowing someone to just get a (balanced) Dragonkin as an animal companion a normal thing to do? The same friend is making a backup character for if and when his current magus dies, and he wants me to allow this.
As dragonkin (as I understand them) are not of the animal type. in fact I see them as almost humanoid as their default stat block has them wielding glaives. I don't think it really should be an animal companion.
Frankly the roc, or a Animal Companions with identical stats just renamedt should be more than enough. Another solution might be the Dragonne from the Pathfinder Bonus Beastiary.... its 3.x material rather than Pathfinder and rather powerful but if you really want to give away a flying dragon like mount its makes more sense than that Dragonkin.
On page 15 of the core rule book it gives the link to paizo.com/pathfinderSociety. I am pretty sure just about every mention I have seen for Pathfinder Society gives the link to the web for more information.
Everything about the campaign is online. The rules about character creation are online. Starting gold, starting wealth, starting point buy all start with the Guide to Pathfinder Society Organized Play. And the core assumption is that you have Guide to Pathfinder Society Organized Play. Even the quick start guide tells you to look at the Guide to Pathfinder Society Organized Play for additional resources.
I wish PFS (and Pathfinder in general) did a better job coming out with timely erratas and FAQs. But in truth, PFS is good at both adding new material to the allowed lists quickly (generally measured in weeks not months after a product is released) and not going back and banning things that were previously allowed. They have gone back a few times, but its very much the exception rather than the rule.
Treat it just like you would a spell (like if someone cast haste). It gets its own place in the initiative order immediately preceding whatever action caused it.
As a general rule you can just have to go off whenever the cause of the poison has its turn, but if the cause changes it initiative it doesn't change when the poison would have its effect.
If it has a 10 round duration and triggers 1/round. You have the initial save, then 10 more potential saves before it runs its coarse.
If you are going prone to get the mechanical benefits from the prone condition (+4 AC vs range etc), you have to use the mechanics of getting rid of the prone condition (taking an action to stand up).
If you are just trying to describe your movement without mechanic benefits then go right ahead and orient yourself however you so decide.
In PFS, they use
"Equipment: ioun stones use method 1 for resonance and never use method 2. Additionally, only normal ioun stones have resonance—inferior ioun stones never do. Advanced ioun stones are not legal for play."
I'd suggest whoever is organizing your campaign just do something similar. Though in truth, I'd lean toward banning the book entirely is its 3.5 material. And the some of the resonant powers are very powerful.
The creature description will state if you need improved familiar feat (and if so its alignment/level restrictions) or not. The Compsognathus (presumably the dinosaur in question) does not require improved familiar.
Just curious if someone could actually tell me why cold iron has that additional 2000gp tax when you enchant it. Looking at the other special materials, it seems it is the only one that does. I get the additional cost to make the base weapon, adamantine, mithril, and silver have that as well. I just don't get the enchantment tax. Anyone?
At this point its probably just because it was written in to 3.x and there was no compelling reason to change it. I imagine when it was first written the author had the conception of cold iron being magic resistant/magic piercing and thus made it more expensive to enchant.
The target receives the standard fortitude negates save, which negates the spell from having any effect. Assuming the target fails, everyone within 10 feet gets a fortitude save to negate the the second effect from the stench.
It just changes the issue doesn't eliminate it. Instead of being fiscally challenged, you are giving up party action economy (and some gold). And a party may often decide using the early combat caster action for something other than saving you gold is the better option.