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FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 215 posts (237 including aliases). No reviews. 2 lists. 1 wishlist. 12 Pathfinder Society characters. 4 aliases.


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To get a metric of how a price increase would affect purchases, I would suggest that Paizo check the difference in sales between September 2014 and Feburary 2015 to Australian customers: they have endured a 25% weakening of the exchange rate: effectively raising the price by 25%.

Personally. I would be willing to increase the price by $1 or two per scenario, but only if there was an immediate increase in release frequency and quality.

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Keep in mind that you should still have the faction missions available. They can contain important flavour, and some players request them specifically.

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YIDM wrote:


At the end of the day, I figured this out, confirmed what I thought was correct, and after a quorum of the VC's, we ruled that he had actually died, since he couldn't legally have had the item that saved him. And, now that one of the Dev’s (Mike Brock) also confirmed it, there is no question.

You retroactively killed a PC? You can do that these days?


Regarding Pathfinder Society, are there any policies, rulings or allowed content that you regret?

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Not only are they stupidly powerful, especially with the variants being around, they break any scenarios that rely on spells like dominate person, charm person and the like.


I am surprised that the entry for the sorcerer includes the bit about sorcerers requiring 15 minutes to regain their daily spell slots, but omits the (more important) fact that these 15 minutes must follow an 8 hour rest.

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If there is anyone to blame, it would be the people who wrote the SLA FAQ in the first place. The reversal of the FAQ accepts the responsibility.

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How many people abused the grace period between Inner Sea World Guide being released, and Pathfinder Chronicles Campaign Setting being retired?

How many people abused the grace period between the FAQ stating, if I recall correctly, several months in advance, between the announcement that APG staves were underpriced, and that it would be corrected?

I don't think that it's really healthy to make a blanket statement regarding 'grace periods'.

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Imbicatus wrote:
Sarvei taeno wrote:
familiars is a class feature, ud have to replace that. way to many things were made lega; from that book. i afraid to actually look what the stuff is i was hopin none of it would get thru. i hate the power creep
Then play core mode.

I am very concerned by this attitude, and I hope that it isn't Paizo's policy.

It indicates a view that power creep is inevitable, and that there is no real likelihood that it will be stopping. But hey! if you really have a problem, you can throw out everything Paizo has done over the last four years to avoid it!

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Exguardi wrote:

My sympathy is for the noble prestige class, that had seen a resurgence in popularity that will likely die down now. I love prestige classes and the number one thing that has always saddened me about Pathfinder is the de-emphasis on prestige classes as "viable" options rather than just flavorful ones.

[...]

The original SLA ruling made me feel like I can be a cool AND competent Mystic Theurge, or Eldritch Knight, or Bloatmage, or any other prestige class improved by early entry. And now I won't get to experience that, as I hadn't made a character to take advantage of that yet and now I won't be able to.

I feel the need to comment on this: Yes, Mystic Theurge and several of the other prestige classes are underpowered, almost to ineffectiveness.

Some prestige classes aren't (Evangelist, Bloatmage, ...)

But suggesting that a strange backdoor that only opened up due to a completely different 'rules clarification' is the solution is a band-aid at best.

The real solution would be to modify the entry requirements of the prestige classes that are positively affected: For instance, Mystic Theurge's entry requirements could be dropped to "Ability to cast either 2nd level arcane spells and 1st level divine spells; or Ability to cast 1st level arcane spells and 2nd level divine spells, Knowledge religion 3 ranks".

Which would be a lot more beneficial than: "1 level in an arcane spellcasting class, 3 levels in a divine level spellcasting class, Must be some race or class that gets a 2nd level equivalent spell-like ability."

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Andrew Roberts wrote:
I thought about making a cleric with magical lineage (breath of life) and reach spell. (Which is completely core) :p

Not sure if this is sarcasm, but reach spell is not core.

The real solution is to play a small cleric, and buy a mount. This allows you to double move, retrieve the scroll, and cast the spell (concentration check permitting)

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Andrew Roberts wrote:
Dhjika wrote:
but lack of magical lineage and wayang spell hunter and some other traits and feats make them actually work at it a little more.
Magical Lineage is completely available in Core, actually.

There is also a boon that would allow Wayang Spellhunter...

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Replying to the original question:

I believe that Yes, a PFS GM can allow or disallow certain dice, be they physical or electronic.

One thing that has come up in my local area is:

Can an event organiser or VC prevent a PFS GM from using the dice he chooses, be they physical or electronic.

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Isn't the lack of opposing thumbs more of an issue?

Then again, it does appear to be able to use a dagger...

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On a similar note, would you consider it a Jerk Move to prevent a PC casting a Create Pit spell if they don't have a 10gp miniature shovel on their ITS/Character sheet - in the middle of combat, where the success of the spell could have significant impact?

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Gauss wrote:

Obo, d20pfsrd is a great resource but it is not a rules source. I use it to find a rule (as if it were an index) and then I look it up in the appropriate book (I use PDFs so that they are always up to date).

As for it's accuracy, it is generally accurate but not always so. It (incorrectly) used the 3.5 reach weapon exception for 3 years before the error was noticed.

And wound up being right in the end.

To be fair, Mike Brock ruled the same way two years ago when he GMed Bonekeep for me.

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CWheezy wrote:
Gauss wrote:

I accept that people use Hero Lab but unfortunately people use it as a crutch. "But Hero Lab says..." is a constant refrain. Hero Lab is not the book and should not replace the book.

I find that system mastery is increased if you actually build the characters yourself. Frankly, I see fewer errors in any character I have ever produced than those any player brings to the table using Hero Lab.

Of course, those players would probably have a greater number of errors if they had NOT used Hero Lab but they have an unreasonable expectation that their characters are 100% accurate.

Edit: Just to clarify, I don't dislike Hero Lab, I dislike how some people use it as a crutch rather than learning the rules.

The rules are bonkers and unclear in a ton of spots.

There are zero people on the planet who know all of pathfinder's rules, so saying "learn the rules" is nonsense

I understand that this is a little late, but it's highlighted my main objection with herolab.

Yes, the rules are 'bonkers' and unclear in a lot of spots. Spots where there might be two or more possible interpretations. Spots where it's up to the GM to make a call.

Using HeroLab, the call HAS been made, and the user does not even know that the point was in contention.

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One of the advantages of the summoner class is that it is powerful enough to give you the freedom to take whatever concept you feel like and build it.

One of the disadvantages of the summoner class is that if you set out to optimise it, you'll completely break your character.

The concept you've proposed is sound, will work, and will be more than viable enough to handle what most scenarios will throw at it.

I would suggest: flavour appropriate small race (consider gnome, perhaps halfling): it would be difficult to justify a wayang coming from Lastwall (which prohibits you from taking Wheeling Charge).

Start with 14 str (after mods), and 14 con. Distribute the other stats as you see fit: halfling and gnome both get racial bonuses to Charisma, and even 15 is enough for a character like yours.

Heirloom weapon and Armor Expert as traits (you don't want to take armour check penalty on ride).

If you pour your feats into the mounted combat line, you'll have Spirited Charge by 5th.

You'll be stuck with light armour, so consider Mithril Breastplate (armour check penalty is zero with Armor Expert, so no nonproficiency penalty), or Elven Chain.

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And here I was thinking that PFS leadership was discouraging shopping around for boons, as evidenced by topics such as this one, with developer's comments highlighting this.

The fact that it's for GM star replay shouldn't matter.

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Yay! It's this time of year again!

People bringing up how a fringe item that has a massive effect on action economy doesn't have even more of its effect.

Please refer to the previous thread

To Brock and Compton: Please ban this considerably contentious and broken item.

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There are several factors that have affected matters locally. They are, in isolation, little things, but it adds up to a less flattering experience:

  • The Technologist feat ruling was a Bad Idea, from day one.
  • The addition of so many new rules (ACG: 10 base classes, 104 archetypes; Occult Adventures: another 6 classes) have made it impossible to keep up with.
  • The faction changes do not appear to have resonated with the local community: the reaction is either apathy or disapproval.
  • Newer scenarios are harder to run, even after considerable preparation.
  • In publications, several proofreading oversights can make reading a scenario jarring (little things like NPCs pronouns changing gender mid-scenario).
  • Locally speaking, there seems to be a concerted push towards powergaming, and a 'GM vs player' attitude, which is harming new player retention.

For some players and GMs, these factors compound, making them less enthusiastic.

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One thing I'd like to see is a more direct avenue for the GM to give feedback on "that weird occult character" that was playing on my table.

Would be good to see how the presence of one of the new classes affected the game from the GM's perspective.

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I find GM fulfillment in delivering a good experience to the table, where I feel that everyone has gained more than just a piece of paper.

The worst thing that can happen is when, as a GM, I'm just there to present combats to powergamers and give out chronicle sheets at the end.

It's when I start thinking "Why am I even here?"...

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Malag wrote:

@TriOmegaZero

I really cannot imagine scenario where player caused dire calamity, disfunction and major trouble or death for entire party or player due to his roleplay of a character. Should this terrible situation appear, I am sure GM who knows out of game what character really is, can solve the issue quietly and nicely.

This has happened twice in the last fortnight, where a character 'roleplays' his way into killing off important NPCs, disrupting diplomacy, and blowing the party's cover.

Knowing that character's race or class doesn't change anything.

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Starglim wrote:
Fromper wrote:

Good stuff, for the most part, but I'll make one suggestion.

I don't like the idea of a two sided faction "card". The fact that everything in Society play can be printed single sided on standard sized paper makes the paperwork easy and straightforward. Please keep it that way.

I was a little uncertain how this would work as well. I can think of a couple of chronicles that have gone over one page, at which they became two chronicles. I'd suggest that's the right way to think about it. I doubt the typical organiser or player will print it as a "card".

A simple solution - if feasible - would be to make it a single sheet that can be folded over. Really depends how much text is required.

(Personally, I make extensive use of my printer's duplexing functions)

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One practice I've seen is asking each player: What your character looks like, how your character appears, and what 'the word around the lodge' regarding your character is.

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I feel that this is a big step in the right direction for Pathfinder Society. It will be good to see these changes in force.

One thing though:

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Include full stat blocks for creatures modified by the advanced, giant, or young simple templates.

I hope that this extends to creatures modified by other templates, such as various Mythic templates that seem to occasionally pervade monsters out there.

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I try to avoid disclosing my character's class, and rather focus on what he does to contribute. If I claim to play 'artillery', whether I'm bringing a sorcerer, an alchemist, a gunslinger, or a multiclass druid/fighter shouldn't matter.

A class is nothing more than a set of abilities and modifiers. It is the character who defines it.


I was pretty sure that there wasn't a "penalty for failure" clause with regards to taking 10. Of course, if there is, I'd be interested to know...

(Not only because I've been playing a character who has managed to avoid rolling a single dice. He's level 3 now.)

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The biggest change that the ACG has done is made it impossible for someone who doesn't devote hours per week into study to know all the rules. Whether this is a bad thing or not is still up in the air...

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It's not cheating.

It's still not cool. As I see it, if it happens, it clearly falls into an organisational failure, up there with running scenarios cold. It can generally be avoided with good regional coordination.

Out of the 110 or so tables I've ran, four of the worst five tables have had at least one person who had read the scenario previously on it. This may be a coincidence.

trollbill wrote:


If this is a problem for you, for whatever reason, my understanding of the rules is that you have the following recourse.

1) You may NOT refuse to GM a particular player. However...

Actually, the guide is pretty clear that you can:

Guide p20 wrote:

Some GMs may not

be comfortable running an adventure for players who
have foreknowledge of what is to come. If your GM is
not comfortable with you replaying a scenario, the GM
has the right to deny players the opportunity to replay
a scenario for any reason.

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I stopped buying things on several of my characters since they started requiring the Inventory Tracking sheets.


Irontruth wrote:
I'm also unconvinced. The name on the box has little to do with the name referenced in the code. Also the implication that Microsoft is worried about code 16+ years old from 3rd party programmers, as others have pointed out, is pretty hilarious. When has Microsoft EVER shown that kind of concern for users/3rd party publishers?

Microsoft's concern for maintaining compatibility with legacy code goes back since at least 1983. MSDOS 1.0 maintained calls that allowed CP/M programs to run on it with little or no modification. TWO BYTES were all that was required to port Wordperfect to MSDOS 1.0.

Joel Spolsky highlights it best:

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Windows 95? No problem. Nice new 32 bit API, but it still ran old 16 bit software perfectly. Microsoft obsessed about this, spending a big chunk of change testing every old program they could find with Windows 95. Jon Ross, who wrote the original version of SimCity for Windows 3.x, told me that he accidentally left a bug in SimCity where he read memory that he had just freed. Yep. It worked fine on Windows 3.x, because the memory never went anywhere. Here's the amazing part: On beta versions of Windows 95, SimCity wasn't working in testing. Microsoft tracked down the bug and added specific code to Windows 95 that looks for SimCity. If it finds SimCity running, it runs the memory allocator in a special mode that doesn't free memory right away. That's the kind of obsession with backward compatibility that made people willing to upgrade to Windows 95.

Pretty much the only reason people use Windows these days is because it allows them to run pretty much any Windows program on it, without recompiling or anything like that.

Force people to get new programs, and they'll either keep using Windows 7, or jump ship. I hear linux, BSD and OSX are all happy to cater for them.

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Generally speaking, no.

There is however one exception: the Potion of Strongjaw is allowed.

http://paizo.com/threads/rzs2opvz?Potion-of-Strong-Jaw#15

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Silhren Rilbahn wrote:


At a convention though? I'd probably bring books, there is no reason not to.

I'm not sure there is any way to resolve this topic short of players constantly bringing materials. My local lodge is a little lax on requiring books. I am waiting for the day I'm not allowed to play because I end up forgetting my stuff... especially when I can access them in 4 different ways.

I would think that the "excess baggage charges" would be a perfectly good reason not to bring books to a convention.

I daresay that in the last convention I attended, I would have very few characters available to play had they enforced the rules to the letter.

It would largely prevent me from attending any international conventions.

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Rereading the as-written rules, it seems that there are a lot of holes in the current system.

A player could have a watermarked PDF on a nonfunctional device, and I would be - as written - able to use that resource.

Yet a photocopy out of the hardcover Advanced Class Guide that's in the boot of a player's car would not be.

I would much rather the latter case to occur on my table.

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GM Lamplighter wrote:

I have stated that there are good reasons for having the complete rulebook at the table to support the GM. Does anyone disagree with this? Just trying to find common ground, if any...

There are some reasons why the entire book would be a good thing to have. However, the current additional resources rules don't require it:

Additional Resources wrote:
n order to utilize content from an Additional Resource, a player must have a physical copy of the Additional Resource in question, a name-watermarked Paizo PDF of it, or a printout of the relevant pages from it, as well as a copy of the current version of the Additional Resources list

I think we can agree that the only difference between a printout of the relevant pages of a watermarked Paizo PDF and a photocopy of the relevant pages of a Paizo book is the possible ambiguity in ownership.

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Ah, it's this time of year again.

It's been thirteen months since this has come up previously, and what I said then still applies.

Basically, we need to prove ownership and to make rules available for reference.

A photocopy will satisfy the latter, and the former should be satisfiable by some form of VO affirmation.

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How many times did the following occur?

wakedown wrote:

I suspect there's a fine line in allowing imbalanced/hotly debated abilities to always grant generous rebuilds.

John: Man, I sure wish I could adjust some things on my bard. I really didn't build him just right.

Henry: Hey, you've got some GM credits on him right? A full level unspent?

John: Yeah, he's just such a confusion of stuff though I don't know how to select his next feat or spell or anything...

Henry (leans closer): Hey, you could say you had taken a level of Synthesist. It just got banned, and you'll be eligible for a full rebuild -- you might end up getting to tweak all your skills and stuff.

John: Great idea!

Clearly, the above is in bad faith.

I didn't hear that happen two years ago.

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I understand that given that it's acknowledged that the masterpiece is considerably more powerful that it was intended, and given that it's Paizo policy to refrain from issuing errata until a second printing of the book, removing it from the list of additional resources appears to have been the only solution.

Generally, when a situation arises where several people dislike (or outright refuse) to be on a table of a given, 'legitimate' quality, it does highlight a serious problem.

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I've played bonekeep 1, I've run it, and I've prepped it several times.

I've also heard people talk about playing it, and running it, and have witnessed it being run by other GMs.

One thing that I've noticed is that it seems that there are some rulings and effects that don't appear to have been consistent between these runnings.

Specifically:

  • I have heard some GMs claim that the knowledge required to gain information about the Rat Demons as anywhere from "DC = 15 + CR" (the way I have run it) "DC in excess of 32", and even "there's no way anyone could know about this thing".
  • Similar knowledge DCs for the golem.
  • I was told that there is an effect that prevents extradimensional spaces (specifically create pit) from functioning: which doesn't appear to be in the scenario.

In the interests of providing "an even, balanced experience to all players" (as stipulated on p32 of the Guide), can someone please explain the meaning behind these effects, and how it should be run?


I'm a little late to the party, and I don't really want to get involved with the whole copyright side of things. But.

You see, about a month ago, my computer WAS hacked. As far as I can tell (from the various logs he left behind), all that the hacker did was attempt to start mining cryptocurrency, but it's impossible to be sure.

Other than removing the intruder's access and rebuilding the machine, does Paizo want me to inform them that a small subset of the PDFs that I have (I don't think the machine had that many Paizo PDFs on it), might be in-the-wild?

Are there channels for this?

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I feel that replays of any sort aren't particularly good for PFS. I would definitely be fine with allowing additional GM credit chronicles each season, however.

Of the five worst games I've run, four of them had at least one person replaying.

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I am very happy to see the aasimar and tiefling go - Once Blood of Angels/Fiends was released (and made legal) - the population increased significantly.

Several local players have remarked that there is no reason to have anything else.

In addition, the prevalence of these Native Outsiders invalidated several NPCs tactics. (throw away your Charm Person, Hold Person, Dominate Person spells).

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I'd like to add that what really annoys me about the new style faction missions was that they threw away the season 0-4 faction missions for those scenarios.

I can accept that for the new scenarios, it might be a good idea to add new faction missions, but to throw away five seasons' worth of faction missions in exchange for - what seems to be - watered down 'secondary success conditions' seems to be folly.

What I'd like to see would be the reinstatement of the old faction missions when running season 0-4 scenarios.

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I am bumping this thread, partly because there hasn't been an official ruling on this, and partly because of a worrying conversation I had with my local VC, who claims that:

"If a monster is uniquely described in a scenario/module, it's extremely rare."

To the extent that a 32 on a knowledge check would be insufficient to garner any information about the (weakened) CR10 monster at the end of Carrion Hill.

And, on another occasion, that a knowledge check in excess of 30 would be required to get information about the monster described in Bonekeep 1.

Bonekeep 1 monster:
The CR7 rat demon

I think that some guidelines - even something like "unless specified in the scenario, the knowledge DC of a monster cannot exceed DC 15+CR" - would help improve consistency.

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Hmm... Looks like I represent minority Prestige Classes here..

Cleric 7
Druid 9
Fighter 1
Paladin 1
Rogue 1
Sorcerer 9
Wizard 11

Inquisitor 3
Oracle 6
Summoner 9
Witch 2

Arcane Trickster 5
Mystic Theurge 2

Diabolist 6
Master Spy 1

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Mistwalker wrote:
Mekkis wrote:

I have had the misfortune to experience a rather severe case of a GM significantly changing a scenario, not only making it a lot harder and resulting in a failed mission, but making what we played so different from the printed scenario that I felt we didn't really play the printed scenario at all.

The way this was handled ("you didn't die, suck it up, the chronicle stands") has coloured my views of Pathfinder Society ever since.

You stated that? the GM? the VC? or PFS management at the time?

And when did this happen?

It was the GM's opinion. The VC and PFS management didn't contradict it. It happened late last year.

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I have had the misfortune to experience a rather severe case of a GM significantly changing a scenario, not only making it a lot harder and resulting in a failed mission, but making what we played so different from the printed scenario that I felt we didn't really play the printed scenario at all.

The way this was handled ("you didn't die, suck it up, the chronicle stands") has coloured my views of Pathfinder Society ever since.

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I'll add Aquatic Druid with an Inquisition to the list.

Chris Sharpe wrote:
Wishcrafter is definitely bad, unfortunately I think it'd be hard pressed to tell my players to use a racial boon to make a terrible character in Pathfinder Society

I would be willing to mail an Ifrit boon across the Tasman if someone wanted to use it for this purpose. Just give me an address.

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