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If it were a feat, it would fall into the same trash heap as Jawbreaker or that feat from Ultimate Combat, the one inspired by Fellowship of the Ring.
I think a good rule of thumb here would be "if you liked this one-second shot from a movie, don't make a feat around it."
Also, this is Ultimate Intrigue, the book about skills and how to make extensive use of them. It would be silly if the book were full of classes, archetypes, feats, and spells.
P.S. If you want to start addressing the martial/caster disparity, stop making so many feats! Feats for everything only contributes to the problem!
Unrefined thought here...
The Free Parking Fallacy
This fallacy refers to the notion that a game is poorly designed, when the perceived problem occurs as a result of using house rules. An example would be a GM who claims that the Stealth skill is poorly designed because opposed Stealth vs Perception rolls are too swingy, when that same GM disallows taking 10 on Stealth checks.
People who check out after their turn is over. These are the people who don't know about buff spells until their turn comes up, who don't know how the combat has changed since their previous turn, and who have to be notified individually that they need to make a saving throw against a party-wide effect.
When information has to be repeated multiple times, that multiplies the time those information-generating actions take. When four players have to be told, individually, what Haste does, the game slows to a crawl.
Also, bonus stacking really slows things down.
Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
Indeed. My games involve being good as a difficult road, with commensurate benefits.
Problem is... the Pathfinder Society campaign makes being good unsatisfying and un-beneficial. And then there's the problem of needing the whole party to be willing to go down that road with you.
You're right, Koujow. I recall, actually, very early on, having the same visions of Indiana Jones. Funnily enough, one of Paizo's freelancers, who was active all the way back in 2008, told me that the PFS are more like Dr. Belloq than Indiana Jones.
And it's true. It got a bit old after awhile, largely because I found it pretty silly to see, over and over, absolutely zero negative repercussions for the Society's shady ways. In Golarion, just as in the real world, crime does pay when you or your bosses have enough money and influence to make the consequences disappear.
Anyways, I reacted by having my character take her growing resentment of the PFS and act on it. It was pretty fun, but I agree with the observation that the other players were perfectly happy to follow the criminal railroad (my Eyes of the Ten group was a notable exception. Wow, that was great). It's amazing to see what lengths players will go to justify that Prestige Point.
It's kinda weird (and misleading) how Paladins are OK and Evil characters aren't, isn't it?
It's a start. What would be nice is to have a set of reference points for these sorts of stats, so players can, with a quick glance, see where their PCs are falling behind. Such a table would be great in a guide to 8-9 and 10-11.
Also useful would be a second set of reference points, this one showing stats beyond which a PC starts to trivialize content.
The space between, perhaps it could be called the Fun Zone?
I would hope that my tablemates enjoyed having me around while I was moving up the levels with my unoptimized socially-focused PC.
Just when did this idea of "playing suboptimal PCs is a troll behavior" start propagating, anyways?
Also, I would suggest adding "embrace teamwork" and "think outside the box" as tips for 8-9 and 10-11 play.
Trying to tumble round something like a purple worm is a virtual death sentence for most rogues.
Well, all I know is that I managed fine back in 2010, so I should be able to manage fine this time around. It's not like the Season 0-3 scenarios got powercrept as well!
Also there are ways around the high-CMD problem. Purple worms, for example, don't have Combat Reflexes, so there is no Acrobatics check needed if I delay until after another character takes the AO. They also have a low Will save, making them susceptible to Glitterdust. There are ways to deal with the issue beyond Acrobatics vs CMD. In the Core environment, teamwork might actually become a thing!
I am tired of the rotating editions. I am happy to address the problems and challenges of the game as it exists...
I see. So what you're saying is that the Core rulebook is becoming an obsolete product, but that's okay, because we can rely on the veterans who own everything to support the game, and because new players are perfectly capable of purchasing everything required to have a "fixed" game? And they'll just magically figure out which rules materials are included in this "fixed" game and which aren't?
There are traps in PFS?
hehe, j/k. That 7-Str Rogue did encounter a single trap in her career.
Point being, no need to be a hater. It's PFS. Any one of the other players can easily build a hyper-efficient killing machine which can solo the module by itself. Heck, the Easy Mode players should be grateful to have a tablemate who isn't a threat to their combat dominance.
I'd even go so far as to say that intentionally-underoptimized characters are a gift to the Easy Mode players at the table. So why the hate?
-Matt can totally see himself doing a 9-Int Wizard as a part of a weird melee build that eventually goes to 11 Int to constantly cycle Heightened Awareness with Pearls of Power.
If he doesn't know about the DC of your locks, he won't perceive them as a challenge. Why tell him OOC about your locks or their DCs?
Perhaps you could instill positive behaviors by presenting challenges that you want him to overcome. Just point him in the right direction OOC, and don't tell him about the paths you don't want him to go down. You can turn this around by harnessing his desire to overcome challenges.
The Paizo board is very good at telling you how terrible your character is and how you should just make a new character, and much less good at drawing from actual experience to give solid advice.
Having taken a Rogue/Monk all the way to 20th in PFS, I can say that the Rogue/Monk combination has quite a bit of synergy. I'd suggest:
-The Human Rogue favored class bonus.
It looks like your character is in a good position to have high Acrobatics, high enough to tumble into a Gang Up flank, then go for a maneuver, followed up by sneak attacks. Later, you can look at a feint chain like Feinting Flurry/Improved Feint/Greater Feint, or if you want to really get ambitious, a Medusa's Wrath setup tree.
To add to your GW2 analogy, Sammy, the wand of cure light wounds is to PFS as the active dodge is to GW2. Free out-of-combat healing makes uber-damage characters much more survivable. The Pathfinder Challenge Rating system is reliant on resource management, and the wands take away the need to manage resources.
I wonder what would happen if wands of cure light wounds had to be purchased with gold?
As always, if you really, really, actually want to challenge yourself, try playing with sub-optimal characters.
It would be nice to see someone else take the minimum-required-combat-ability challenge and make it all the way to the top.