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Try picking up Effortless Lace for your Katana, which lets it count as a light weapon for many things. It becomes eligible for Weapon Finesse, you can then enchant it with Agile, and you no longer need the Rogue dip.
As for myself, I'd reflavor the lace as a chain or silk ribbon attached to the pommel that bears your Clan or Family crest, or that of your lord.
A sword that contained a small fragment of each previous wielder' soul, giving it sentience through these small shards of life. It abhorred the Undead, and had small runes that would -seemingly at random- change what they said. Sometimes they would warn of present dangers, sometimes they would hint at a moment in the future, but usually they just showed a phrase from the PC's holy book that called out his deity's hatred of the undead and those who raised such foul creatures.
I'm pretty well versed in the system itself, so I really don't worry about adjusting on the fly too much. The players I have tend to actively avoid the game breaking stuff, though one or two players sometimes have to be reigned in.Full casters are also pretty rare for us, except for clerics. Do they tend to be too powerful, or is it more the arcane guys?
And would you suggest using the story from Wrath of the Righteous, adjusting or remaking enemies as needed?
I'm very comfortable with adjusting on the fly, and I don't use single enemy encounters with more than 4 people as they just trash it through action economy.
So to start this off, I should say that this will be my first time running a "High-Power" style game, though I have a good amount of experience as a GM.
The characters will all be Gestalt and Mythic, 3d6 drop the lowest +6 for stats, and an extra feat at 1st level.
Here's a fun one I have used before. When they get back to the dungeon, have the new batch of mooks use a Fighting Retreat tactic, leading them deeper into the dungeon. Once the PCs are in a decent way, side doors or hidden doors open to reveal an ambush, with the mooks cutting off their escape.
As a side note, by adding even basic cover and a group of archers or crossbow men you can make this truly brutal. Having to fight off waves of Melee opponents while being sniped is very taxing, and even partial cover for the ranged combatats is very annoying.
A slime race doesn't sit too well with me personally, mainly because of lack of humanoid features, though spectral-based races have always partially intrigued me.
The Swashbuckler class synergizes well with the Duelist, and the dueling sword build. Or be fun.
Using the dueling sword in one hand, with the dueling mastery feat and nothing in the off-hand, you would get +2 AC and initiative. Since it counts as a piercing weapon with the exotic proficiency, it also meets all the requirements of Swashbuckler and Duelist.
Greetings forum members I'm starting a game where in gonna be playing an unbreakable fight who uses a bastard sword I like how you can one hand it with the exotic feat( my dm has given me this feat for free because why not lol) and so I'm looking for suggestions on how I can use the sword 1 handed to my advantage. Any suggestion? I've considered using a shield but I still want to 2 hand it, if there was a buckler that could turn into a heavy steel shield that would be awsome!
Not fully optimal, I'll admit, but a cool idea might be to take the Amateur Swashbuckler feat to play up the swordsman angle of a noble-born warrior. Pick up Improved Disarm and use a buckler, so that when you disarm them you can take their weapon.
If you are able to take traits, Omen would let you get a quick intimidate check once per day, maybe flavoring it as using your noble bearing to cower the "lesser" warriors.
You have plenty of feats, and things like Combat Manuevers are a bit more open to you.
It might sound odd, but if you use the variant Called Shot rules from Ultimate Combat, give him the Improved Called Shot feat for free. I used it to great effect last time I played a rogue, simply because Called Shot and Sneak Attack together can really hurt.
Or give him a RogueTalent for Dex to damage with bows.
Well, remember to add the templates in when figuring out CR. A party of four PCs with+4 CR templates brings them up to CR 19, and means more challenging encounters anyway. Start using larger groups of "weaker" creatures, and really play up the mythic angle by having creatures with mythic templates such as Agile or Invulnerable.
I know it might sound odd, but if you guys use the Mythic Adventures rules you could become immortal that way. Could also be used to give yourself the ability to grant spellcasting to your followers and basically become a Demi-God that way.
Aside from that, Warpriest could do what you want if you build towards it, letting you be effective in combat while still retaining some spellcasting abilities (mostly focused towards self-buffing or healing).
I've looked around and can't tell if this has been requested or not, so here it goes:
When it comes to designing a campaign, my best advice is to really nail down a theme. If you want to run a campaign that holds together well, keep the themes and central ideas in mind as much as possible. This doesn't mean that you can't branch outfit an adventure or two, but keeping the central themes in mind keeps you from going to far into left field.
Let's say that you're running a campaign with a heavy emphasis on fighting the influence of evil, then you know that many of your characters might be tempted towards evil at some point, or old allies might turn against them after being corrupted or coerced.
Next bit of advice - leave some blank space. You might have an awesome idea for something later, but already filled in that niche with something you weren't as excited about. This also lets the players directly affect the game world and even leaves a little mystery for them.
If this is still being worked on, just wanted to make a few suggestions.
Changing the base damage die of weapons seems like a bad idea, especially when it interacts with Magic. Spells like Lead Blade or the Impact enchantment could really blow it out of proportion, as a Greatsword with the increased damage die followed up with Impact would be incredibly powerful, especially with the Balanced reinforcement.
Similarly, having your weapon tables be different than the core rules seems a little like extra work. I'd say remove the Martial Reinforcement and just use standard weapon tables, or add a caveat to the Martial Reinforcement that makes it not stack with Lead Blade or Impact.
Add a few more flaws, maybe something that reduces the damage or even makes it harder to wield, making it a weapon of the next size up (light becomes one handed, so on)
Sorry, reading it at work made my brain think it was different than it was.My suggestion is to cap it at three charges (as it is in the game), and at 6th level give it either the flaming, frost or shocking weapon enhancement to the sword and axe forms (must be the same on both), or the player may choose to forgo any of them and the weapon instead gains the Keen property on the axe and sword forms.
Just giving the weapon scaling +x is kinda boring as a player, so the option to make a few choices is always fun.
As far as class, Trapper Ranger fits pretty well. Hunters are skilled in many survival skills, they can track monsters over large areas, and work well (hopefully) as part of a group.
The 6th level bonus seems to be pretty powerful compared to the rest, so maybe split up the number of charges it can hold. Monster Hunter characters are pretty much immortal (dragon breath to face, multiple times, and still alive?) so their equipment is pretty up there.
Albion, The Eye wrote:
@Morganstern: Also heard good things about the Kensai - what do you think are its disadvantages?
Kensai aren't proficient with armor, so armor enchantments are harder to get. You also lose a spell of each level you can cast, so 1-less spell per day of each level can hurt.But the bonuses to initiative, the Int to AC, and the free Weapon Proficiency and Weapon Focus at first level can really help with a build.
While the loss of spell recall is annoying, I've never felt it hurt my character at all.
i guess it comes down to if this is for Society Play (which I have little to no experience with) or a home game. Kensai is pretty awesome, as it gives proficiency and Weapon Focus with a particular weapon.
Human Kensai Magus is pretty nice, as at 1st level you can pick Dueling Sword as your preferred weapon, then pick up Weapon Finesse and Slahing Grace to use Dex to hit and deal damage. At 3rd level I pick the Flamboyant Arcana, the take Combat Reflexes.
I know it might be a bit late, but one option for running massive battles is to treat lesser enemies like groups, effectively going at the same initiative, standing in clusters, and using the aid another action to increase their combat effectiveness while still being relatively weak opponents. Think of a group of goblin-like creatures that can share their square with another small size creature at no penalty. Each round one attacks and the other aids its attack roll (maybe even just have it do so automatically instead of always rolling).
Elites can be higher CR creatures with special templates, like Boreal, or even Mythic Templates for the speed one.
Idle Champion wrote:
That... Is freaking awesome!I hadn't really thought about the possibility of the armor corrupting someone, much less being subtle enough about it to slowly convince him to become an Antipaladin and seek undeath willingly.
Giving the wearer flame protection is a really great idea, and maybe it could give him the ability to animate dead a couple times per day.
That's really awesome!
I was leaning more towards the advisor/ally angle, as the armor's intelligence comes from the Dragon's first champion who fell in combat when it was originally banished to its demiplane.
A major villain in my campaign that is going to make an appearance soon is an Antipaladin Graveknight who has an intelligent suit of full plate. The graveknight himself has cold as his particular focus, as well as using undead as shock troops/cannon fodder. The problem is, I want the intelligent armor to be unique and I'm at a loss. Any help would be appreciated!
Extra Info: the Antipaladin is the follower of an Undead Demonic White Dragon that grants spellcasting through its mythic ranks. The dragon itself is locked away in a demiplane of ice and negative energy, and mostly acts through agents to orchestrate it's release. This graveknight is its chosen champion, and the armor was a gift from its hoard.
Honestly, I'd go with the gladiator fighter built towards spear and shield, and use the shield bash tree to get the ability to bull rush foes with my shield bash. If they step up close, bash them back and then stab with spear. Keep a few javelins handy for ranged, and really abuse the performance combat rules.
So I'm trying to decide on a way to make a villain loosely inspired by Arthas from WoW (aiming mostly for a undead anti paladin style character, but with heavy emphasis on ice and cold) who acts as the primary agent of a Dragon-God that holds sway over similar powers. What I'm trying to figure out, is how to give these ice-themed abilities to him before he becomes an undead, while he first encounters the party (they'll be 5th level by the time they encounter him).
I've been toying with making him a Gestalt character, but as the party isn't Gestalt I don't know how that would work out CR wise. Otherwise I was debating making a custom archetype, but before I resort to that I was wondering if anyone had any other ideas. Any suggestions are appreciated! Thanks to everyone in advance!
Along the lines of conquering other worlds, perhaps Scion needs to build and fortify "assault points", areas where the veil between planes is especially thin. This could mean that he needs slaves as labor, skilled craftsmen to devise the construction, and even wizards of other spellcastes that he could promise (truthfully or not, or maybe somewhere in between) to make immortal in exchange for their services.
Scion could possibly be using the memories of the demon as well, perhaps using its countless years worth of arcane knowledge to eventually create its own demiplane, or even a proper portal to the abyss where it can build a stronger "battery" from more powerful demons.
most of my players aren't that interested in tracking things like fame and reputation, so I'm just gonna wing most of that. So far, I have a Paladin/Sorcerer, a Sorcerer, an Arcanist, a Hunter, a False Mage Rogue, and a straight up Fighter.
Well, if you give him a sort of customized Mythic Build you could easily do that. Maybe use Fleet Warrior, Impossible Speed, and Panther Style (dress it up more as unnatural speed and reflexes and less disciplined martial skill) to allow him to move about rapidly and strike rapidly. Add in the ability from the Guardian path to deflect attacks, and a shadow-step style ability to let him essentially Dimension Door in a swarm of bats.
Not actually familiar with either of the sources you mentioned, but just my ideas on a brutal monster type.
My personal advice would be to focus on his martial skills and his ability to just wreck something.
So, I'm interested in running a political style game with heavy emphasis on urban interactions and intrigue. I'm basing the game in Brevoy, and focusing on the disappearance of the old royal family (mobile at the moment and can't remember the name) and the rise of the Surtova family as the ruling family.
So, a player at my table rolled Egoistic on a teo-bladed sword he was making for the party's Paladin, and was wondering if this means that since he took weapon proficiency (bastard sword), would he automatically be proficient with the Two-bladed sword?
Sorry, didn't see the part about not qualifying for Extra Hex (odd to place it with Patron and not Hex) so disregard that.Yeah, adding a template seems like the best bet. Are you focused into a single spell (shocking grasp and such) or planning on more versatility?
Both players are playing martial characters, one a slayer and the other a Brawler with the strangler archetype, and both are very stealth focused. They took the Stealth Synergy feat, and we're doing a campaign based around stopping an Orc invasion from the Hold of Belkzen.
The third player has officially dropped out, but for very understandable and legitimate reasons.
So I'm very familiar with running a campaign with 5-8 players, but recently with changes in work schedules, players moving and conflicting gaming schedules, I have a party of 3.
This might sound weird, but seriously consider playing a bard. With spells like Glibness at your disposal, as well as focusing on party buffing and maybe some ranged attacks, you can seriously have some fun without getting sunk into the core combat mechanics.
Make use of your Bardic Performance, as well as items like Smokesticks, Thunderstones, and even Tanglefoot bags along with spells like Grease, Enthrall, Ventriloquism and Unseen Servant to really mess with opponents.
So, lately I haven't been running any games because the last one died off suddenly and left me burned out. Me and two of the players were eating at a restaurant and just kinda talking about gaming when we gradually realized that every game i've run recently has been radically pulled away from its initial premise by one specific player, one who also tends to just drop out whenever he feels bored.
So i was just wondering if anyone else has run into this kind of problem, or if I'm just on my own?
Thanks for the advice everyone, and as for the actual setting it's just Fantasy Bronze Age. There's really no historical counterpoint to my setting, we're all just interested in the Greco-Roman feel.
As for the Combat Expertise, it's there mostly as a way to remove feat tax for some of the Combat Maneuvers, but after talking with my players a bit we all agreed to also give out Dodge for free.
So, my players are interested in the idea of a Greco-Roman style campaign, and we even grabbed the greek pantheon from 3.5 and converted it for Pathfinder. But as I read over some threads on this style of game I noticed that a lot of people advised against it as Bronze makes Heavy Armor and many Two-Handed weapons impossible to craft, making a lot of builds useless.