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Pathfinder Society Member. 7,503 posts (7,559 including aliases). 13 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 2 aliases.


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Sounds like a perfect match!

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Interesting! Looking forward to it!

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Reposted from a different thread, but relevant here as well :)

DungeonmasterCal wrote:

Ok, here's my take on the Revised Trickster. I even edited my original review with the following text.

The Trickster (Revised)

Ok, at first glance I didn't care for it that much (but I was on painkillers for a bad knee at the moment). I've had a chance to read it over again and I like pretty much everything they've done, with the exception of cutting back Skill Points to 4 per level. I love Skills and having my players use them, so I'll probably house rule it that they still get 6. The new Shadow Forte is a good addition, and the Dual Forte Archetype is a nice addition.

Changing the magic schools to exclude Evocation and Necromancy is something I'm on the fence about. I personally think the Trickster should be able to choose which two schools he excludes himself, but it's a minor quibble and one I'm sure won't be shared by everyone who uses the revised version.

Overall I like the revisions, and it may be the one I offer any players who might like to give the class a try. And like I said, I like skilly characters, so I may keep the 6 per level option from the original version. Good job Marc and Kobold Press!

Hey there DungeonmasterCal, thanks for the comments on the revised Trickster - glad you liked it! :)

Personally, I'm with you regarding the skill points, but I decided that enough people felt 4 skill points per level was more appropriate that I decided to acquiesce, knowing that houseruling back up to 6 skill points per level is super simple if so desired.

Really glad you liked the new Shadow Forte and Dual Forte Archetype! I'm really happy with how both turned out!

Regarding the sidebar detailing the exclusion of the Evocation and Necromancy schools from the Trickster's spell list, keep in mind that's a variant only. The core class still gets access to all the schools, I just wanted to respect and acknowledge those folks who were uncomfortable with the Trickster having the full wizard spell list, so I offered this lower-power variant.

Again, really glad you like the revisions!

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DungeonmasterCal wrote:

Ok, here's my take on the Revised Trickster. I even edited my original review with the following text.

The Trickster (Revised)

Ok, at first glance I didn't care for it that much (but I was on painkillers for a bad knee at the moment). I've had a chance to read it over again and I like pretty much everything they've done, with the exception of cutting back Skill Points to 4 per level. I love Skills and having my players use them, so I'll probably house rule it that they still get 6. The new Shadow Forte is a good addition, and the Dual Forte Archetype is a nice addition.

Changing the magic schools to exclude Evocation and Necromancy is something I'm on the fence about. I personally think the Trickster should be able to choose which two schools he excludes himself, but it's a minor quibble and one I'm sure won't be shared by everyone who uses the revised version.

Overall I like the revisions, and it may be the one I offer any players who might like to give the class a try. And like I said, I like skilly characters, so I may keep the 6 per level option from the original version. Good job Marc and Kobold Press!

Hey there DungeonmasterCal, thanks for the comments on the revised Trickster - glad you liked it! :)

Personally, I'm with you regarding the skill points, but I felt that enough people felt 4 skill points per level was more appropriate that I decided to acquiesce, knowing that houseruling back up to 6 skill points per level is super simple if so desired.

Really glad you liked the new Shadow Forte and Dual Forte Archetype! I'm really happy with how both turned out!

Regarding the sidebar detailing the exclusion of the Evocation and Necromancy schools from the Trickster's spell list, keep in mind that's a variant only. The core class still gets access to all the schools, I just wanted to respect and acknowledge those folks who were uncomfortable with the Trickster having the full wizard spell list, so I offered this lower-power variant.

Again, really glad you like the revisions!

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Wow! This sounds fantastic!

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Anyone else know of any really good classic fantasy collections or anthologies?

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Deep Magic is coming to 5th Edition!

Yes, the huge collection of Pathfinder-compatible spells and variant schools we published in 2014 is now an option for your 5E campaign, starting with Clockwork Magic.

Deep Magic: Clockwork brings the secrets of clockwork magic into your 5th Edition campaign, featuring:

  • A Clockwork domain for clerics, featuring Improved mending, Channel Magic, and Clockwork Apotheosis
  • The Great Machine pact for warlocks, with three new invocations: cloud of cogs, heat of the furnace, and voice of the machine
  • A Clockwork Mage school of wizard magic, with new abilities including Clockwork Savant, Clockworker's Charm, Metal Shape, Golem Form, and Clockwork Mastery
  • 45 new and updated spells, including chains of the goddess, gear barrage, hellforging, robe of shards, and more!

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Aaron Bitman wrote:

To me, the classic fantasy series as we know it began with L. Frank Baum's Oz series.

My other favorite series' aren't all that old. (How classic is "classic", anyway?) But I must mention that one of my favorite series', the Dragonlance Chronicles by Weis and Hickman, was collected in a single volume. So was its first follow-up, Dragonlance Legends. There was even another, annotated edition of each of those two trilogies, each compiled into one volume.

Thanks! Oz isn't something I'm very interested in, but you make good points!

I love DragonLance and have both of those books. When I say classic, I'm really looking for then books and authors that pretty much inspired Gygax and his fellows to eventually create D&D: Conan, Elric, Fafard and the Grey Mouser.

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thejeff wrote:

Del Rey put out a nice set of all the Howard Conan stories some years back.

The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian
The Conquering Sword of Conan
The Bloody Crown of Conan

Those look perfect - thanks!

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Werthead wrote:
Gollancz have got an excellent "Complete Chronicles of Conan" collection, along with great one-volume collections of Jack Vancer's LYONESSE and DYING EARTH series. They also have the complete Fritz Leiber Newhon tales, but in two volumes, and an Elric collection which brings together the novels but not all of the novellas and short stories.

Thanks - that "Complete Chronicles of Conan" collection is exactly what I'm looking for!

I forgot about Jack Vance, but I should absolutely have a Jack Vance collection!

Do you happen to know the actual names of the Jack Vance, Fritz Leiber Newhon, and Elric collections

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Interesting thread!

In fact, as I read through it, I got pretty stoked, because Kobold Press (publisher of the New Paths Compendium, Deep Magic etc.) should have a new class coming out soon that I think, based on the comments in this thread, will make folks very happy :)

You didn't hear that from me though :)

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Hey everyone - I'd like to get some good anthology or collected works type books of some of the classic fantasy books / series. I talking about Conan, Elric, Fafard and the Grey Mouser, maybe John Carter of Mars, that sort of thing. You know, a big "The Collected Conan Saga" or "The Complete Elric" style book.

Can anyone point me to some good specific titles?

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Anything more with the Dany/Yara plot line last night?

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Iceman1077 wrote:
Really like the new update, especially the shadow forte ...

Thanks Iceman1077 - awesome to hear you like the update!

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I'll admit when I have what I think is a good idea I'm excited about, it becomes all I can think about and I can't wait to start writing. Once I start, it just flows out of me.

BUT, there are other times, particularly when I need to write something I'm not necessarily as exited or passionate about, that I have as much trouble as anyone getting started and and then keeping the momentum once I do finally get started. It's a very frustrating feeling to be sure.

I've read many interviews and biographies from writers who say that, when they are working on project and feeling the dreaded writer's block, they set aside a certain amount of time every day (a couple hours, or even just a single hour or less) in which they MUST write. No matter how well or how poorly it seems to be going, they simply must write something for the project. They may not edit themselves and they may NOT trash, delete or crumble up what they have written.

Then, they come back to what they wrote at a later time and look at it with some degree of objectivity to see what's there. Maybe a given day's writing resulted in nothing worth keeping. More likely, however, there IS something good, even if it's just a single paragraph, a sentence, an idea, or even just a cool name. Keep that nugget of gold, refine it and then keep moving forward like that every day.

You might be very surprised what you end up with!

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The Grave-Bound White Necromancer's skeleton companion (New Paths Compendium) gets Unnatural Toughness immediately when the Grave-Bound White Necromancer first receives the skeleton companion (since the Grave-Bound White Necromancer has just gained a new level, i.e. 5th level), but it is not retroactive, so no X5.

At 5th level, when the Grave-Bound White Necromancer first receives his skeletal companion, it would have its the normal hit points as shown on the Undead Companion Base Statistics table PLUS an additional amount equal to the master’s Charisma bonus.

Does that help?

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There's a great writer's quote (not sure who first said it) that's very apropos here:

"I hate writing. I love having written."

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Hey everyone! An updated New Paths 8: The Trickster has just been distributed to all the normal channels.

Main updates include:

  • Skill Ranks per Level reduced to 4 + Int modifier
  • Added a sidebar called "Trickster Spells and Balance" which offers a lower-power variant to the standard trickster spellcasting class feature
  • Added a new forte (Shadow)
  • Beefed up the Acrobat forte (added more magic abilities and synergies)
  • Added an archetype: Dual-Forte Trickster

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Hey everyone! An updated New Paths 8: The Trickster has just been distributed to all the normal channels.

Main updates include:

  • Skill Ranks per Level reduced to 4 + Int modifier
  • Added a sidebar called "Trickster Spells and Balance" which offers a lower-power variant to the standard trickster spellcasting class feature
  • Added a new forte (Shadow)
  • Beefed up the Acrobat forte (added more magic abilities and synergies)
  • Added an archetype: Dual-Forte Trickster

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This thread, with all its round and round bickering and ultimately meaningless quasi-conclusions, is pretty much exactly why I say any discussion of the so-called tier system is a waste of time.

Not that this thread will not continue for another 100 posts of folks arguing about what the tier system says, how it has any actual value, or what class fits where ...

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Wow, this is awesome. If anyone deserves a trip to GenCon, it 's End!!!

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Wow! That's horrible!!!

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Arachnofiend wrote:
Menacing Shade of mauve wrote:
"Stupid b~@&##~+ that makes no sense but nerfs caster PCs" dates back to Saint Gygax himself.
To be fair, stupid b$@$&*$$ is a large reason why a lot of what Gygax believed in no longer exists in Pathfinder.

I don't see any reason to insult or disparage Gygax in this thread.

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You might also check out New Paths 8: The Trickster from Kobold Press

The Trickster class is essentially an arcane rogue type of class that has built in customization through its Forte class feature, which include Acrobatics, Arcane Accomplice, Spell Pilfer and Beguile

The Spell Pilfer forte was designed specifically so you can play a spell thief type of Trickster

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Rogar Valertis wrote:
Tiers are mostly subjective reasoning.

Agreed 10000%!!!

Any time I see someone bring up the who Tier thing, I start to twitch. There is just no such thing as a rigid, accurate categorization for classes and I really would love to see the whole Tier quasi theory just fade away once and for all. It's such an over-simplistic, completely arbitrary and, frankly, meaningless attempt at trying to quantify something that just doesn't need quantifying.

As for clerics, I find them extremely fun and flavorful to play. I certainly don't find them to be over powered.

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Agreed! :)

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Awesome! The Advanced Races Compendium really is a pretty great book - it's certainly packed with tons of crunch and fluff for new PC races.

Hope you do check out more from Kobold Press! There is a LOT of great stuff to choose from! :)

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Darigaaz the Igniter wrote:
Marc Radle wrote:
Ranger: The rugged, nature-oriented Aragorn archetype really appeals to me, especially when you throw in the archer angle, although I prefer my rangers to not be spellcasters ...
Well there's always the slayer, or a couple of archetypes that trade out spells. Or just roll with a 10 Wis.

True! In my case, however, my go-to is almost always the Spell-less Ranger, also from the New Paths Compendium :)

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Great thread! Very interesting!

My top Paizo classes (in no particular order)
Oracle/Cleric: Kind of cheating here, I know, but I only get three! :) I love playing divine classes for the rich role-playing potential, and both of these classes are great
Paladin: Much like above, the paladin has so much role-playing potential, and it's a powerful class!
Ranger: The rugged, nature-oriented Aragorn archetype really appeals to me, especially when you throw in the archer angle, although I prefer my rangers to not be spellcasters ...

My top 3PP classes (in no particular order)
Trickster (Kobold Press, New Paths Compendium): A wizard/rogue hybrid class with plenty of versatility - very fun to play
Shaman (Kobold Press, New Paths Compendium) Spontaneous druid - what else do you need to say! ? :)
Theurge (Kobold Press, New Paths Compendium) A powerful arcane/divine spellcasting class that is all about spells, including cool ways to combine them.
What can I say - I know the author! :)

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Hey there matlouraph!

Although I wrote the majority of the New Paths Compendium, the Savant is one of the classes I did not have a hand in, so I can't help with your questions. I CAN, however, attempt to use ancient and powerful magic to summon the person who IS responsible for the Savant.

Stand by while I gather up the necessary material components ...

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Squiggit wrote:

Well oracles use the cleric spell list, so changing the text in that instance wouldn't actually alter anything, since any spell that isn't on the cleric list is by definition not on the oracle list either.

Presumably what I think it means is that you don't follow the oracle's spell progression when picking them up. You can use the Ancestor's Ethereal Jaunt at 13 rather than 14 and so on.

Though yeah, not written well.

Well, there are Oracle only spells on the Cleric/Oracle spell list ...

Really the text in question should probably say ... "on the Cleric/Oracle spell list"

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Just as an aside ...
This isn't a typo, though it looks like it is quite possibly a mistake.
A typo is a specific term typically meaning a spelling error.

Just throwing it out there since I often see folks use the term incorrectly ...

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Might I suggest checking out the Advanced Races Compendium, from Kobold Press? It has a ton of interesting yet balanced PC races - each new race gets an entire chapter, and once of those PC races is Minotaur.

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Looking forward to reading the review when it makes its way to the top of the pile!

(just realized I never actually responded :)

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Might I suggest checking out Advanced Races #8: Lamia from Kobold Press. The lamia presented here are the serpent-bodied race, specifically a balanced PC race. You might find some ideas to use or you might decide to just use the race as is, whole-cloth :)

If you'd like an even more expanded version of the lamia PC race, along with a TON of other cool and interesting PC races, check out the Advanced Races Compendium, also from Kobold Press

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Agreed. The very small potential upside to allowing custom avatars is not worth the mountain of downside it was cause

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Zaister wrote:

Animals can't have an Int score higher than 2:

PRD, Animal creature type wrote:
Intelligence score of 1 or 2 (no creature with an Intelligence score of 3 or higher can be an animal).

An animal companion can however

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Gorbacz wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
I believe Dragon and Dungeon would die off at some point, because niche print magazines are an increasingly poor business.

Just out of curiosity, what (if anything) differentiates them from Paizo's APs and/or Player Companions in that regard? The latter products seem to be quite successful so far. ^_^

Legitimate question, not snark.

Magazines are an arcane business. They are expected to be sold at price point well below the PF APs and Companions, so they require ads to be profitable. In the Youtube/Facebook/Twitch age, print ads are becoming increasingly irrelevant, doubly so among the hyper-tech geek target group.

Furthermore, magazines fall under several regulation and business practices such as the god-given right of a distributor to return the unsold magazines to you and get back part of the price.

On the top of that, there's the schedule that does not allow for any slips and delays. You can't just have a "no-magazine month".

And many other things which used to drive Lisa and Vic up the wall. I recall the collective sigh of relief when Paizo ended up no longer publishing a magazine. Periodical book series which Paizo does now, while quite similar on paper (HAHAHA! GOOD PUN, GORBACZ! UR SO SMRT!), are an entire different animal from business and legal point of view.

The sad story of Kobold Quarterly, which went belly up despite being an excellent publication and a rightful spiritual successor to Dungeon and Dragon, is a cautionary tale to anybody who thinks mags are a good business in this day and age.

Point if clarification - Kobold Quarterly definiately did not go "belly up". The publisher made the decision to stop publication in order to focus on more profitable and less time / labor intensive product lines. The magazine didn't go belly up

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I received a couple of early, preview / proof sets of the Tome of Beasts pawns today ...

One word ...

WOW!!!!!

They look amazing and the quality is absolutely fantastic! I can't wait for the folks that ordered the pawns set to get these into their hands!
For those that have been on the fence about ordering the pawns, I'd strongly suggest taking the plunge before they sell out!!!

Update from back in October showing a mock up of what the pawns look like

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Awesome to hear!

Agreed - this book is an EXCELLENT way to enhance your Runelord/Sin-based game!

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Happy (belated) June!

Check out the set of FREE wallpapers for your desktop, tablet, and mobile phone! compliments of Kobold Press

Grab the June Desktop featuring the AWESOME cover art for the Tome of Beasts by Marcel Mercado!

And don't forget that all this art is in the awesome 2016 Kobold Press Calendar so be sure to pick up your copy:

2016 Kobold Press Calendar available now :)

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Happy (belated) June!

It's time once again for a new set of FREE wallpapers for your desktop, tablet, and mobile phone!

Grab the June Desktop featuring the cover art for the Tome of Beasts by Marcel Mercado!

And don't forget that all this art is in the awesome 2016 Kobold Press Calendar so be sure to pick up your copy:

2016 Kobold Press Calendar available now :)

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If third party material was allowed, I would say check out the
Skin-changer in the New Paths Compendium from Kobold Press

skin-changer

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If third party material is allowed, check out the
Skin-changer in the New Paths Compendium from Kobold Press

skin-changer

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Nice!

This looks very interesting - can't wait to check it out!

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I'd like to offer a suggestion that's come up many times before but it really needs to happen.

PLEASE start accepting PayPal. It's really a big negative in my opinion that one cannot pay with PayPal at Paizo's store. I'd order all my gaming books etc if you did, but as it is, I go elsewhere.

I know there are reasons cited for why you don't (processing monthly subscriptions being a biggie if I recall correctly) but there's got to be some sort of comprimise. Why not simply allow PayPal for single purchases only, but not for ongoing subscriptions, for example

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Does it say Second Printing right on the title page?

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N. Jolly wrote:
I'd say the best options are Eldritch Scoundrel, going 3p with The Trickster, or just going Bard, which fits the same niche to me.

I'd say playing a Trickster is an *excellent* way to go!! :)

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Huzzah!!!

Very happy to announce that the Tome of Beasts is off to press, all 432 pages of it!

Be sure to check out the above link for more info and some sample spreads from the final book!

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I haven't seen the movie yet, but it is certainly performing WAY below expectations. I'm seeing the word 'bomb' used quite a bit when discussing the movie...

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