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eyes of the ten:
After playing/learning about the brain washed/suspended animation agents in pt IV, I now sincerely picture Drendle Dreng passing Shelia Heidmarch and whispering 'hail hydra'.
A bit late to this party I know, but I'm going to dissent and say I'd like Zarina to stay dead.
In reading the end of the book I was caught up in the imagry, while at the same time reading 'game mechanics' into it. Zarina's fight was awesome, as was her sacrifice.
It's hard to describe, but somehow her survival would seem to... lessen it for me.
Now I'd love to see her in prequels, but I'm in the 'she's dead, Jim.' camp.
From my experience with my winter witch, Venture Captain Ksenia, I'll warn you you'll face two big weaknesses at low levels.
Constructs and undead (and swarms, but they're a pain to everyone)
your only real area effect spells are flurry of snowballs (level 2) and mind affecting things like euphoric cloud. In addition most of your damaging spells are cold based, and a lot of your effects, including a good chunk of hexes, are mind affecting. You lose burning hands, for example. If you have the strength/gold, tote around alchemist's fire. First spell I took at 5th level was lightning bolt and it was blessed. UMD can be good, I recommend Darchive for faction just for that. ;-)
13th level was awesome for Ksenia though. Witch 5/Winter Witch 8 meant that cold was getting through anything and with the numbing chill hex, dex damage was good.
except in the past, he has shut down that enchantment, so why not now?
The most awesome recent Thor moments have come in "Time Runs Out"
I've never done a full audit.
I've asked for some questions, and offered clarifications when we found a mistake. (No, you can't have darkvision on your elf, Scared tattoo is a luck bonus not a racial bonus.)
I did get a warm fuzzy last night. One of my fellow gamers took the scared tattoo race trait on his character, and a trait to increase his will save. When I suggested he take Fate's Favored instead (because of the tattoo) he pointed out he didn't have Ultimate Campaign so he couldn't.
Because sources seem to be checked rarely, he likely could have gotten away with it, but I wanted to give a shout out to someone who plays by the rules.
The hardest thing for me to keep track of are the ITS. In large part, because I go through so much alchemical stuff on them.
Last night. Slaver crying for help.
Me: Lazarus, please quiet him down.
*Lazarus hits him with oversized flail for max damage, dropping him deep into the negatives.*
Me: Sorry, I guess I should have specified non-lethal.
Me: I'll get the guy in the crow's nest down. *casts unnatural lust*
It was when I revealed what I was casting that everyone busted out laughing.
Two from my personal history.
Dancing lights, followed by a good bluff roll. Created a glowing ball over each of the thug's heads, "Drop your weapons, or I let the flames explode and consume you all."
Message on a certain famous skull carrying goblin, to play the ghost of her brother. "Ekkie... Ekkie.... trust the longshanks... help them..."
Here are a couple
You can leap through difficult terrain like a deer or elk.
Branch Pounce (Combat)
You are adept at climbing trees and using the higher ground to your advantage in battle.
Charging Stag Style (Combat, Style)
Practitioners of Charging Stag Style can charge fluidly around trees, taking enemies by surprise in the wilderness.
You can draw raw magical energy from the ground to empower your spells.
Verdant Spell (Metamagic)
Your magical connection to nature allows you to entice, fool, and misdirect plants and fungi as though they were people.
Ok I read it differently. I've not had anyone use it yet, I was looking at it for my bard and slayer.
I read it as if the spell is cast in 60' it pings. Not where or what, but it pings.
So it won't find healing potions. (Already existing, not cast) or that guy who is already invisible (ditto). If the invisible guy casts a conjuration spell it pings, but doesn't say "configuration spell coming from that square." just "conjuration spell going off in 60'"
Jack Brown wrote:
I do the same thing. Pass the d6 around let each player roll.
My first core table. Except for the first encounter they rolled the hardest monsters/pits every time. Made for a nail biter.
It's situational, but the trick does help the finesse fighter in the 'prisoner escaping situation'.
He gets out of the cell/chains and finds that this isn't Dragon Age legends where the gear is kept right next to the cell. He drops a guard, wearing 'Roman standard issue' gear (leather armor, small steel shield, gladius) He can finesse the blade just fine, but really wants the AC. So he grabs the shield too. Stamina will help if he wants the bonus to hit. (plus he can use stamina to Weapon Focus/Specialization the gladius) It works as a nice backup.
Like I said, situational, but nice.
That would make <redacted> like Gear from Static Shock, and the memories kind of mesh with his nu52 power and being put on the JLA to counter Barry.
Aside, I wonder if tech has advanced to allow a live action Static Shock to be viable. (Loved that cartoon)
Interesting that you can make a really fey character now.
Fey magic (there are so many cool druid spells) fey thoughts (get two class skills) Take the fey foundling feat and then chillblight emissary for DR 1/cold iron...
If I'm making a half elf, I'll cheerfully give up multitalented for two in class skills (picking from Acrobatics, Bluff, Climb, Diplomacy, Disguise, Escape Artist, Fly, Knowledge (nature), Perception, Perform, Sense Motive, Sleight of Hand, Stealth, Swim, or Use Magic Device) and keen senses for 3 druid 0 level and one first level usable 1/day.
Yeah, I mauled a party pretty bad with DotSS (And can't wait to run it for Core PCs)
RftS can be dangerous. Amusingly the evil encounter was nerfed by my PC, even though I completely forgot about it.
I tried very hard not to metagame my utility belt, and forgot about the roller of death. So when we encountered it I mentally went "oh crap!" Fortunately, Tangleshot arrows are standard equipment. Glued it to the floor and the party wailed on it. GM's comment. "If it was anyone but YOU I'd think you metagamed it. But you entangle EVERYTHING!"
I notice the VMC Fighter is kind of interesting interacting with the Arcane Duelest Bard (you just have to think it's not a bard.)
3rd level is bravery (Yawn)
Sure you lose pretty much all the fun bardic knowledge abilities, versatile performance etc. but you lost that anyway. This mix gives up feats for being a better combatant. I don't know if it's 'worth it' but it is interesting.
Otoh, it does represent stormtrooper marksmanship and plot armor. ;-)
Well we played Master of the Fallen Fortress. Party of 5 characters, all new except my Calistran bard, who's been through the confirmation.
GM decides that I'm recruiting a group of newbies for an off the books mission to rescue the missing Pathfinder.
When we find the chained up Pathfinder, I say "I told you if you wanted chained up, come to temple!"
Later I'm asked how I know him, "Well after my confirmation, he, James is and myself all celebrated. We got to know each other very well that night..."
Two players got it but the GM and the 13 year old remained blissfully unaware of the implied three way celebrations sex.
Like I said upthread, bestow curse is my go to for choice. sure vampiric touch will hurt, and bestow curse is an all or nothing, but 50% chance to take no action in a turn is a godsend for being grappled. Every round you've a flat 50% chance to get out of the grapple for free, since it's a standard to maintain a grapple. :-)
Between that and being able to hex while grappled...
Plus... Not everyone who has something to hide is a spy.
Think about the following scenarios:
Guy getting past guard
All three could trigger hunches without being a spy
It is an assist, not spy-be-gone.
I always assumed that about the silken ceremonial armor, just wasn't sure since it's described as consisting "of several layers of cloth and an outer layer of silk intricately woven with gold brocade designs and covered with metal studs."
Basically it costs 10 times as much to not look like a WWE wrestler. ;-)
Perfectly legal, though Silken Ceremonial Armor LOOKS more arcane casty armor.
I always picture the haramaki as looking like a WWE title belt. My witch has silken ceremonial storing armor with bestow curse in it. Nothing ruins a 'grapple the caster moment' than a 50% chance to take no action.
Aside I know the haramaki can be made of adamantine, can the silken armor?
Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
Nods* I was just celebrating as I don't normally get the auth this quick.