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I think that Nefreet is saying it might be better to leave the cat in the bag at this point. You made a decision, and people have already adjusted characters to comply. Best to stick with it and be more clear in the future.

If he's not, I certainly am.

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Considering the Advanced template is a +4 to all ability scores, I'm going with "HAhahahahahahahaaaaaaa HAHAHAhahahahahaaaaaa... No."

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One would imagine a Lawful person would be more likely to follow an Honor Code that says he should report cheating than he would arbitrary criminal laws that say he's allowed to ignore injustice. :/

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If it's not listed in the Additional Resources, it's by definition not legal.

I think this is something that should be addressed, though. Which monster languages from which bestiaries can be learned with Linguistics?

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kinevon wrote:
WiseWolfOfYoitsu wrote:
I would recommend a Haramaki for armor until you can pick up a Wand of Mage Armor. It weighs just 1 lb. and costs 3gp, compared to the 4 lbs. and 30gp of the Silken Ceremonial Armor. This starts you at 14 AC at level one, which is average. Just stay out of the front line and you should be fine. I would use your first favored class bonus to HP to start with 10 HP.
Actually, with the build you posted, that would be 14 AC flatfooted, 17 AC when no longer flatfooted, 13 Touch AC.

Haramaki is a +1 Armor bonus. +3 from Dex equals 14 AC. Where are you getting 17? He won't get mage armor until after his first scenario at the earliest.

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Chris Mortika wrote:
Dorothy Lindman wrote:


Interesting note: about 2/3 of the mistakes we find are not in the player's favor.

That's what I've found, too.

In my admittedly limited experience, I usually find things in the player's favor like missing favored class bonuses, missing racial bonuses to skills, not picking traits, having thousands of gold pieces unspent, not knowing about bonus spell slots from high ability scores, etc.

But then, I tend to run low level tables for newer players.

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Normally, I don't much care as long as the players are having fun. Occasionally, I get my hopes up when I hear that the scenario I'm running is particularly difficult. Then, when my players steamroll that, I get frustrated (but at myself, not them. See my post regarding running Rats of Round Mountain for example).

I have to admit, though. I'm currently running Bloodcove Disguise in a PbP, and there is one front-liner character who (due to bad initiative rolls) has done nothing in either fight so far. I'm not sitting face-to-face with them, so I can't tell if they're all having a grand time or not, but it doesn't seem very exciting to me to not get to play your characters strengths in the almost 4 weeks we've been playing.

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Nope. Ability scores are not adjusted for age.

Nope. NPC classes aren't legal for play.

Both of these questions are answered in the Guide to Organized Play, which is expected reading for all players and GMs.

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I guess I'm the only one that sees LeVar Burton.

Butterfly in the sky
I can shoot twice as high

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I've seen Profession (Badass), Profession (Chewing Gum and Kicking Ass), Craft (Orphan), and I've heard of someone with Craft (Courtesan).

The part in the () is flavor, and can't affect the mechanics of the check.

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DHMO (dihydrogen monoxide) is in everything we eat and drink, and it's the prime waste product of burning ROCKET FUEL! The space program is killing our children.

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When my players contract a disease, I give them the option of paying for the Remove Disease or going about it the "hard way" with Fort saves. We roll it out and record the success and any gold spent on the chronicle. Ability damage and hit point damage heal naturally between scenarios. Ability drain does not heal naturally, but can carry over between scenarios if the player can't afford the restoration.

Faction missions are purely for flavor, and handing them out is optional. The old factions map to the new factions as follows:

No Grand Lodge mission? -> Use the Osirian mission
No Scarab Sages? -> Also Osirian
Sovereign Court -> Taldor
Exchange -> Qadira
Silver Crusade -> Andoran
Liberty's Edge -> Andoran
Dark Archive -> Cheliax

If a player requests a mission from a faction that is no longer in play (say, Lantern Lodge, or Sczarni) I usually don't have a problem with it. They are, after all, just for flavor.

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Eryx_UK wrote:
Why do you feel the need to do it? Do you not trust your lodge players?

Tired of seeing this. Following the rules (which require exactly what this GM has been doing, not signing until the sheet is filled out by the player) does not mean you don't trust your players. Yes, many GMs handwave this portion. Yes, I'm one of them.

But when a GM decides to actually follow the rules, I'm not going to get my undies in a bunch because of it. Either I've got my stuff together, or I play a pregen.

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Murder Hobos.

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Thanks for the update, John. Happy Turkey Day, and to you as well, Mitch.

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UndeadMitch wrote:
This thread wasn't meant for speculation,

And yet, here we are. Speculating.

UndeadMitch wrote:

this thread is about asking leadership if anything was going to happen with Wardens, since it had been close to two months since the last time they said they were working on Wardens. They went from saying it should be done by the end of January to saying it was almost done in May to saying that it was in progress at the beginning of September.

So if leadership happens to see this, is anything still happening with Wardens?

And they might answer you, just like they answered (in good faith) when they said it would be January, then May, then September. Why should they answer again, considering the response for them missing deadlines? Better, at this point, to just put it out when it's done and not list another deadline they might not be able to keep.

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UndeadMitch wrote:

Was anyone asking you why this hasn't been sanctioned yet? I haven't, my most recent comment was a response to Soluzar. My response to you had noting to do with what you just said

I was responding to your comment. It doesn't matter that more recent content has been sanctioned and WotRF hasn't. I even provided my speculation as to why that might be.

Speculation. Like everything else in this thread. So unbunch those undies and go back to patiently waiting like the rest of us.

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And? I don't work for Paizo, so I don't know the reason it hasn't been sanctioned yet. Whatever the reason, be assured there is one.

My best guess, there was an issue with either the content or the formatting of the chronicle sheets, and getting them re-done is at the bottom of the priority list.

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James Risner wrote:
  • Shaky interpretations of the rules

Curious about this one. In my experience they've been invaluable at rounding up all the FAQs, and developer posts, and such into the same place as the rules text.

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It's a change from the 13th running of First Steps, or Master of the Fallen Fortress, or We be Goblins! (Who am I kidding, WbG! is always awesome), but it's still the same scenario with some details changed to protect the innocent.

I can't wait to see this year's 1-2, #6-10 The Wounded Wisp.

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If I'm understanding your question correctly, the next step up from 2d10 is, I think, 4d8. 2d12 (What even does 2d12?) would be 6d6.

There is another thread HERE that hasn't received a FAQ response yet.

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For anyone who cares, I made a copy of the file without all the crazy editing: Copy of the Complete Professor Q's Guide to the Patfinder Wizard.

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TheInnsmouthLooker wrote:
I'm also patiently waiting for the WotRF chronicles, but I've already started running it as a home game. Hopefully it'll be released before we finish, but I'm not holding my breath.

You cannot apply credit for portions played before it is sanctioned, unless they make an exception for this module. The same was true with Adventure Paths when they started to sanction them. We were told we had to play them again, or run a PFS-legal character through the sanctioned portions.

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Would be nice to let players spend other characters' prestige on their dead character. It would have to be all 16 from the same other character, though, not a horde of 1xp GM babies.

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My brother will be sad.

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Having the flipmats makes Thornkeep and Emerald Spire fly. Much easier to remove the paper covering the unexplored area than to have to draw out each room.

There is a lot of RP potential in the towns (Thornkeep, and Fort Inevitable, respectively) that usually gets skipped. Using that can make the modules longer if you need to fill a longer slot.

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You used to run the risk of bashing your head on the dungeon ceiling, because your jump height was 1/4 the jump distance. I don't see that explicitly stated anymore, but the DCs for high jumps are still the same (i.e. the DC to high jump 5ft is the same to long jump 20ft).

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Corragh Bearson wrote:
Since the Brawler Rage power effect is to bump unarmed damage by one step when raging, it should have the same effect on a Brawler/Barbarian who happens to have started up higher up the chain. Right?

No. The power does exactly what it says it does, give you IUS or 1d6 damage if you already have IUS. It doesn't say anything about increasing the damage you normally deal, if higher.

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What makes you think that you would? The only time you lose Dex to AC is when the rules say you do.

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ToshiroKurita wrote:
where do we draw the line?

That you are not happy with it's location, does not mean the line hasn't been drawn. Apparently it's somewhere between using this ability, death knell, and the like, and somewhere before drinking blood for power, eating souls for power, skinning people alive for power, etc.

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Artoo wrote:

Let's reverse the roles for what you're saying there:

Quote:
It makes me feel like I'm failing at my "job" as a player if I don't know the rules my GMs are using. There are too many rules for one person to know them all, but if I don't know them who will? Several people have said "the GMs", and that's great. But the GMs don't always know the rules for their own monsters, much less the characters I'm playing.
Does that still seem reasonable? If not, why not? What do we mean by knowing the rules in this context? Is everyone okay with knowing those rules after the game is over? Are you saying it's an "argument to the extreme" to say that this sort of reversal should be reasonable?

Nope. All the player is ever expected to be responsible for is their own character. If you play a Gunslinger, no one expects you to know that Smite Evil bypasses damage reduction. If you play a paladin, no one expects you to know that you can Reflex save for half of an alchemist's splash damage. As a GM, there is pressure to know these rules, both to help newer players with their characters, and to be more competent at running the game in general. So, no. Your reversal of my statement is not reasonable.

There are plenty of players who know the rules. There are players who know the rules better than their GMs. In the end, I don't care who knows the rule, as long as they share that knowledge when appropriate. Just because I feel the pressure to know the rules at least as well as my players, doesn't mean I'm doing things the right way or the wrong way. It's just how I feel.

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And those aren't the same thing because...?

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Don't really see the issue. Just needs clarification that the 4d6 is added to the overall damage and doesn't get multiplied on a crit. What's another 14 damage on a dedicated charger?

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Evolutionist, First World, Naturalist, Shaitan Binder, and Story Summoner all appear to be legal.

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That thread makes me a sad panda.

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Artoo wrote:
Mystic Lemur wrote:
Speaking as a GM, it makes me uncomfortable when I don't know the rules my player is using.
Maybe I'm misunderstanding something?

Maybe. I meant exactly what I said. Let me try it another way...

It makes me feel like I'm failing at my "job" as a GM if I don't know the rules my players are using. There are too many rules for one person to know them all, but if I don't know them who will? Several people have said "the players", and that's great. But the players don't always know the rules for their own characters, much less the monsters I'm running.

In the grand scheme, I would rather have a player with the Bestiary open correcting my mistakes, than to have a mistake go unnoticed and I never learn to be better. That's a bit of an "argument to the extreme" though. I hope you realize that.

Artoo wrote:
So whenever something happens when you're GMing you have no problem telling the players everything behind what happened?

Not sure I understand the question. I won't spoil the scenario in the middle of the session, but I sometimes go back and tell the players about bits they may not have experienced, and monsters they didn't identify.

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Rei wrote:
Alternatively, the party face is a paladin, and they get directly asked "are you Pathfinders?" at which point either the paladin or the whole party are up a creek...

Paladins shouldn't lie, but they don't have to tell the truth. "Are you Pathfinders?"

Paladin should answer, "Are you kidding? Pathfinders would have to be crazy to show their faces around here."

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That's fine, Jiggy. I expect, I even ask, that my players will call me out if I'm using a rule incorrectly and they know better. So, problem solved, at least on my end.

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Okay, sure. If you have 16 characters across 14 levels and wanted to play each level with a different, PFS legal, character you could.

You could also play a PFS legal pregen for some of the levels and apply credit to a new 1st level PC. The highest level legal pregens are level 7, so you wouldn't be able to play the highest levels unless you had a "real" character, which isn't as likely if you're assigning credit to 16 different characters.

But yeah, I suppose someone, somewhere, might want to do that.

Or maybe, just maybe, I was making a reference to the fact that the Spire can't be played in AP mode, and you have to assign credit to the legal character that you play in each level. This thread was started by someone who still believes there are no high level play options, what, three seasons after that change? Forgive me for not taking your rules knowledge for granted.

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Paz is correct. They were very specific when it came out that it, like Dawn of the Scarlet Sun, was not replayable.

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Not quite what I'm saying. A paladin of Abadar is going to need evidence that the officials are corrupt before he can, in good faith, ignore their authority. I agree with very little in the OP, but I agree that paladins who flaunt the law without taking the time to make sure violating it meshes with their code should suffer the consequences.

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Speaking as a GM, it makes me uncomfortable when I don't know the rules my player is using. If you want to say I don't trust my players, that's fine. Maybe I don't. Maybe I shouldn't trust the player that keeps asking me how [common rule interaction] works when they suddenly show up with something out of the ACG that I haven't had a chance to look over yet. And that's a common book! What about the myriad player companions that most people just dip one or two things out of?

And before you say "Well that player resource has been out for X monts/years/whatever" let me remind you that there are common rules (light and darkness spells, Take 10 and Take 20, Attacks of Opportunity, just to name a few) that have been practically unchanged since the year 2000. How many people do you trust to know those rules correctly without having to reference them?

So yes, on a practical level I often have to take my players at their word, even when I have cause to believe their word is suspect. It's better than letting my ignorance of their character slow the game to a crawl while I look up everything. That doesn't mean I have to be happy about it.

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Grand Magus wrote:
Orfamay Quest wrote:
stuff stuff ...
You've been a good Robot today.

With that attitude, you're lucky anyone engages you in conversation. If you're not open to differing opinions, how do you ever learn?

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Nefreet wrote:

You needn't apply all the Chronicles from an AP to the same character.

In the case of Emerald Spire, which has 16 different Chronicle Sheets (17, technically), you could apply one to each of 16 different characters.

Yeah, I suppose, if you had a different character in each level band. Why would you want to play each level with a different character?

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David Bowles wrote:
But they aren't law breakers of any law the paladin would care about in the first place. That's my point. Any paladin should look askance at the outlawing of any good deity.

Who are you to decide what laws my paladin cares about? I think it depends on the padadin. A paladin of Sarenrae clearly sees the "big picture" but a paladin of Abadar would be a little more hard pressed to just flaunt the lawful authority of that town.

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Some players attack anything. There seems to be a pervasive mentality of "If it's in the scenario, it must be level appropriate." Thankfully, it's usually the murderhobos that pay the stupid tax in those situations.

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Tarantula wrote:
Yes, there are ways to mitigate those penalties, but my point is that Disarming the action provokes (without a feat), and disarming unarmed provides a penalty (without a feat IUS). So at the point of 2 (really 3 feats in due to prereqs) they still are wanting to tag on an AoO which does not have a way to avoid it. Its overly penalizing for no reason, and doesn't match with previous versions of disarm.

It does sound overly penalizing. Maybe they should have thought of that before they changed the wording. Maybe they did think of that.

As you pointed out in the OP, the disarm rules allow you to pick up the weapon. Unless you can point out a rule saying this action doesn't provoke, it seem it provokes as normal.

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Do any weapons have the "Sunder" weapon property, which gives +2 to CMB to Sunder checks using the weapon?

The Sai has the property "+2 bonus on Combat Maneuver Checks to sunder an enemy's weapon." which sounds like the same thing, but it doesn't have the Sunder property. Should the Sai have the Sunder property?

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Killed my wife's Ranger in My Enemy's Enemy. Quick aside to the local temple and 16 Prestige later and she got better.

My Lore Warden in her running of Quest for Perfection part 1 did not get better. :'(

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How are you getting a second animal companion? Or are you talking about a normal eagle?

Classes with animal companions add their levels together when determining the strength of the animal companion, they don't get separate companions.

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