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RPG Superstar 6 Season Star Voter, 8 Season Star Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 10,651 posts (16,874 including aliases). 14 reviews. No lists. 2 wishlists. 31 aliases.


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Tacticslion wrote:
Nicos wrote:

- More mesmorable characters you have played

- most memorable characters you have seen when DMing.

- least memorable characters you have played

- least memorable characters you have seen when GMing

>.>

Heh.

if he can remember them then they were not so un-memorable.


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It's just case by case. Somebody here ask for a rule and it happens that there is no rule at all that covers the situation, they will have to ask their DM or if they are the Dm they will have to make a rule by themselves.


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- More mesmorable characters you have played
- most memorable characters you have seen when DMing.


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Ascalaphus wrote:
In general we all agree that nowadays, manifestations exist. And they should, because they keep psychic casters from dominating people without any warning whatsoever. They also clarify why you can use spellcraft on component-less spells and SLAs.

I don't know if all will agree that they "should" exist. Not everyone use the occult stuff, and having a new book messing with 6 years of released material could displease quite a few.


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Of people that I know that DM: DMG, Ravingdork, TOZ Grimmy (I miss his pbp Dming), Kobold cleaver, Hmm, mosts of the grognards from the grognard thread, all the people who convert AD&D adventures to PF or 5e, Stefa hill (gods I had to check 15 pages of "my favorites" to remember this name).

A special one is creighton broadhurst, because godam the adventures he writes.


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Women and gays and trans folk can internalize self-hateful bullsh!t just like everyone else. Being trans (or whatever) isn't an automatic defense against repeated tired old debunked anti-trans rhetoric.

So, the trans that were ok with the posts were just wrong because they are internalizing self-hateful bull#%&#?, good there are other people in the world to correct them.


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Nicos wrote:

Exactly. Nobody knew that talking about the things they were talking was bad. In fact it's pretty much arguable that it was not.

The other poster and I have butted heads on these same points before, and she was informed by more than me that her conclusions on those points were problematic and hurtful at best.

But again, thanks for the summary dismissal.

You are dismissing the ones that think the opposite, so we are equal.


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knightnday wrote:
Nicos wrote:
knightnday wrote:

Moreover .. and this is just me pondering aloud .. if you know that doing X (in this case engaging in being critical of LGBT characters) would provoke a post or ten to be removed, why would you continue on that track?

If you know that taking a certain action will cause a certain response, then doing it over and over again is either being provocative or trying to what, make a point about the evils of censorship? Or am I am just going crazier?

Exactly. Nobody knew that talking about the things they were talking was bad. In fact it's pretty much arguable that it was not.

Really?

yes.


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Rysky speaks up, three posters get defensive and try to gaslight and dismiss him. Rysky is the target for blame because he tried to engage in good faith

...


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:

If a mod finds a post "upsetting", then odds are other posters and silent readers do to. And since usually a mod isn't aware of specific posts until someone flags them, then the odds that more than one person was upset seems increasingly likely. And unlike posters who can just close a thread and ignore, Paizo's staff are stuck with being exposed to it. Why should Paizo staff have to tolerate insensitive and abusive posts in their work environment, especially when they have warned these same posters repeatedly to desist?

Why are some of the banned posters' defenders so adamant on defending them, urging for extra consideration and tolerance of repeated bad behavior, but are perfectly willing to throw someone else under the bus--in this case, Rysky--simply because he happened to be the only one to openly probe the poster's thoughts and attempt to engage in a discussion with the problematic conclusions in those posts? Is it because Rysky is a SJW, something he (and I) consider a badge of honor, but is considered an abusive/dismissive epithet on "friendly" places where free speech is more valuable than community and inclusion?

There were more than one trans thinking that the posts were ok, but I guess it was the right of non-trans persons to be insulted in the name of all-trans people of the world.


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noretoc wrote:

I'll add an opinion. What is the point of this discussion. Someone got banned. If that person has an issue, then they should discuss it with the mods. Why should I care, it has nothing to do with me. His rights weren't violated. He doesn't have a "right" to state his opinion on this forum in any way he wants. This isn't a street corner. His Ban doesn't affect me, and it doesn't really affect anyone else here that wasn't involved in the situation. If I have a post deleted, or I am banned and I have an issue with it I will contact the mods to find out why.

The whole purpose of this public display seems like it is an to rile some people up into making some bad decisions. My opinion, is to see to your own house. If you have an issue take it up with the mods. If they don't listen, find another playground, this is the internet, there are plenty our there. It is not like you are getting kicked out of your house. Stop trying to gather the peasants to grab pitchforks and go after you perceived adversaries. Be an adult, handle your business, let people handle theirs.

And here you are posting your opinion, as everyone else.


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EileenProphetofIstus wrote:
I have been greatly criticized here on Paizo for creating these types of characters.

Well, no matter how one create a character, somebody here on paizo will feel the urge to criticize.


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I wonder if Illusion spells would even work taking into account the FAQ on spellcraft and manifestations.

"Bob the Arcane tricksters is successfully stealthing and wants to cast a silent minor image to distract some guards, but Bob start shining like a christmas tree and the guards charge him next turn"


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Trekkie90909 wrote:


Nicos; I would ask you to consider your tone carefully. I recently started a discussion here with much the same tone as you are now, and while several members of this forum helped me to see things from their point of view, I hurt them in their efforts to help me understand.

Ok, I will.

I know I sometimes sounds blunt because I try to say things as direct as I can. For the record, It's not my intention to question the people but the soundness of the argument


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Sissyl wrote:
Americans obviously have no clue about pizza toppings. Pineapple is wonderful, objectively the best possible match on a pizza with peperoni (both kinds, pepper and sausage), piri-piri sauce, ground meat, tomato and cheese.

I do like pineapple in my pizzas, though I have taste some pineapple pizzas in europe and the pineapple was very low quality, I wonder why.


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You guys have here like 500 years of collective game anecdotes.


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Jessica Price wrote:
Crystal Frasier wrote:
Nicos wrote:

f - There seems to be a correlation of the banhammer with the lgtb topics. Paizo choose to include controversial topics in their published materials but it seems that it can't handle discussions about it (And I'm not talking about the occasional jerk that rant about how a trans character in WoTR will send everyone to hell or something), specially if the poster opinion doesn't align with the moderator at hand. You are free of course to not want some topic to be discussed, but if that is the case make it a rule and make it clear for everyone.

Quick side note: LGBT people are not "controversial topics." LGBT people are human being we ask be treated with respect and humanity in our company spaces, especially considering that we have many employees who fall within that community and are required to participate in the forums as part of our jobs
This.

I will reply because it seems it might hve been a misunderstanding.

Controversial topics are the topics that cause controversy, you know. Nothing more, nothing less. And it's clear that the inclusion of trans character created controversy. Not that I disagree with the inclusion of such characters, mind you, I'm completely neutral to it.

I never said or hinted that trans people don't deserve to be treated with respect and humanity.


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And that's everything I wanted to say. I think the moderation guys made a mistake. I doubt the mistake can be corrected as the banned posters will likely not return. But well mistakes happens, I still like Paizo forum and will remaing in here (unless I get banned, that I hoped don't happen).


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Kryzbyn wrote:
Now that that is out of the way, what on God's green Earth does that have to do with an SJW...
Annnnd you lost me.

That was what happened even if you don't like that term. There was one poster being morally offended and trying to defend trans people's right where in reality nobody was attacking trans people.

In the end, there was only one poster starting and propagating the flames and that posters is still here.


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I will try to be as direct and concise as I can.

a - I got directly affected by the banhammer because I lost a GM (Lemmy)

b - I'm not in the Ashiel fan club. I clashed with her in the past, and I know she can be rude and dismissive.

c - I also know that some of the banned people have clashed with the moderation in the past and would not be surprised if they were have been banned in other situation.

d - Having said that, I do find it quite unbelievable how the situation developed. We had one forum member grossly misunderstanding what other people were saying and creating a lot of confrontation where there was none. And the result is that the guy that was creating the problems is still active while the others (that quite honestly, acted very civilized in face of the undeserved attacks) were banned.

e - Quite frankly, I see here a lot of jerkish behaviour being allowed, as long as the jerk at hand defend certain positions that seems to be OK for the moderators. I know that you guys doesn't like the "paizo defense team" title, but forum members like Gorbacz would have been perma banned long time ago if he were not so fan of paizo. Not that I'm the nicest poster ever mind you, but I've seen the behaviour being allowed against nicer posters than me.

f - There seems to be a correlation of the banhammer with the lgtb topics. Paizo choose to include controversial topics in their published materials but it seems that it can't handle discussions about it (And I'm not talking about the occasional jerk that rant about how a trans character in WoTR will send everyone to hell or something), specially if the poster opinion doesn't align with the moderator at hand. You are free of course to not want some topic to be discussed, but if that is the case make it a rule and make it clear for everyone.


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it's you guys fault, next time take a time to read your copy of the unwritten CRB.


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captain yesterday wrote:
I don't do pbp, for reasons. :-)

Good reasons most likely. pbp is an exercise in frustration and stubbornness...with some funny moments in between.


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Fromper wrote:

Start with the classics:

"It's a dark and stormy night. You're in a tavern, when you're approached by a mysterious woman, looking to hire adventurers."

Or the less classic

"It's a dark and stormy night. You're in a tavern, when you're approached by a mysterious woman, who throws a fireball at you."


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I can't comment on the "whole 30" thing because I don't know it, but yeah, eating food low in calories that also make you full is a good approach.


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Pan wrote:
Nicos wrote:
Jiggy wrote:
Have you tried the "Whole 30" eating plan? I have family members who swear by it, and personally I went from counting calories to just eating as much as I pleased and started rapidly losing weight.
Whole 30?
Its that paleo fad. It would be utter torture for me. My life revolves around grains. I make malt, then beer, and finally bread with it. Pretty much grain with every meal, except breakfast, which often includes eggs and milk so no luck there either.

Uhm, there are many ways of doing a successful diet (whatever the goals of that diet is). But there are some principles too, to lost weight the most sacred one is that you need a calorie deficit of what you eat compared to the energy you spent in the day, that's why Jiggy's commentary sounds unusual to me,because while calorie counting can be not necessary it is almost a guarantee of success (well, in the strict scientific sense, the human factor is a different beasts).


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Jiggy wrote:
Have you tried the "Whole 30" eating plan? I have family members who swear by it, and personally I went from counting calories to just eating as much as I pleased and started rapidly losing weight.

Whole 30?


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Well, in this cases if it is working keep doing it.


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If you mean cow meat perhaps, but if you are exercising more or less correctly then it's hard to overeat protein, really ( I just ate a whole can of tuna for breakfast and that's is like 15% of what I should be eating in a day, protein speaking). Fat are also not inherently bad, in fact most of reduced fat food are unhealthy (they replace the fat with sugar, bad idea for the customer).

In any case, to be a vegetarian is fine but not inherently healthier than not to be a vegetarian.


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Lemmy Z wrote:

I tried vegetarianism (for health/weight reasons), but simply couldn't stick to it... Turns out I have a really weak Will save vs delicious food. ><'

My solution was to stick to a (mostly) vegetarian diet on week days (I still eat chicken and fish) and allow myself to eat the delicious fat and sugary stuff on weekends.

I avoid keeping unhealthy food in my fridge, though, since I have no confidence in my determination to not eat it during week days. :P

I would say you are comparing apples to oranges, but as you are talking about foods it could be confusing.

Anyway, there are plenty of unhealthy vegetarian food and a lot of healthy foods made by a part of a corpse of an animal.


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Kirth's Idea of narrative power to martial via armies/kingdoms/followers is certainly that intriguing.


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Caosbot wrote:
The spell manifestations it's not exactly "in the hands of the caster" or "around the caster" can be, "near", "through the target way", "on the floor", "in the air", it's a cosmetic effect.

A cosmetic rules with mechanic implications. Implications that are not fully clear, hence the thread.


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I'm ok with magic > not-magic in the general sense, but I dislike Magical classes > not magical classes.


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I thought it was DungeonMasterSanCarlosRodriquezEscobar
Only when I GM for a bunch of Toreadors while in Madrid. And then it's Don DungeonMasterSanCarlosRodriquezEscobar.

I would totally play in that game. Just saying.


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:

Nicos,

I'm guessing (hoping) you meant me when you said "Dungeonmastercarl").... lol

Lol, yeah, just raelizing is Cal and not Carl.


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Because they seems quite imaginative about d&d, or because they seems to be great roleplayers, or just because they post funny stuff.

I'm pretty sure I'm leaving out plenty of names, specially the ones that have not posted in a while, but this is my list (I'm obviously not counting the ones I already played with)

- Mikaze: It has to be a joyful event.
- Dungeonmastercarl
- Kobold cleaver
- Umbral reaver
- Triomegazero: I admit that my interest is mostly to see if he brings a mask to the table and say half the things as himself and half the other as TOZ.
- Ravingdork
- Hypermissingo
- wraithstrike
- Endzeitgeist: it has to be like playtesting all PF adventures.


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mardaddy wrote:

Arbane the Terrible - I think your premise is wrong, INT is not just "book-learned," but also through life experience.

It DOES take INT to know where to grab or place your feet when climbing.
It DOES take INT to know how to move with a riding animal to best keep balance.
It DOES take INT to recognize things as a potential threat.
It DOES take INT to get a pattern when swimming and not flail wildly.

But I recognize much of that can be instinctual also.

You just said it. Three of those things can be done by a chimpanzee. I guess a chimpanzee are smarter than the average fighter.


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Quantum Steve wrote:

Skills still have a use, but Skill points don't have a meaning as a distinction between classes if all classes get essentially the same amount.

All classes can Aid Another, and it's a useful action, but it's not in the section on classes, as it would be rather meaningless there.

Better it to be meaningless that having its means be defined in the existence of classes with garbage skill points.


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Quantum Steve wrote:


Most classes get either 2, 4, or 6. Bumping all the 2s up to 4s drastically changes and flattens the distribution curve, making skill points no longer something that separates classes.

And that totally would be a great thing fr the game.


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kyrt-ryder wrote:
Nicos wrote:
Squiggit wrote:
Rory wrote:
kyrt-ryder wrote:

That is not a modest investment.

Doable if you want it badly enough, but the price is high.

What amount of skills must the fighter possess to say it is a modest or a high investment? Has that ever been determined?

4+int baseline is a nice starting point.

I'm kind of surprised at how many people are so vehemently against the idea, like it's somehow morally objectionable.

It will overpower the fighter, duh.
Your joking.

Are you serious? are you aware of how many campaigns skilled fighters have ruined? Last weekend I was playing my usual god wizard when the fighter player said "I use knowledge (dungeoneering)" and I said, "no, dude you can't, you already used intimidate against that cultist, you have perception maxed, and I know that your dwarf fighter only have int 10" and the Dm said " I give him 2 extra skill points per level", that totally ruined everyone's fun.


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1) I gave positive review to tangible tavern: bull & bear and Tuffy's good time palace. of the two I like more Tuffy's because is more prone to spawn adventures from it.

2) I'm not fussy I would take any of your products for free with a smile in my face, but taking into account that you already gave me the other two for free is probably too blatant for me and not a good idea for you.


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captain yesterday wrote:


I'm not convinced it's the big huge problem everyone here is making it out to be.

Surely the people affected the most are the one that complain the most. It doesn't need to be a problem for all of us to be a problem for them.


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Charon's Little Helper wrote:
Frogsplosion wrote:
this is not a competetive game. nerfing things is unecessary. I am 100% on the OP's side and think paizo should knock it off with the obvious power nerfs and let home DMs handle the issues. If they dont like something in PFS, ban it and stop messing with everyone else.

By that logic - balance doesn't matter at all. RPGs should stop worrying about it entirely and they should go purely by 'rule of cool'...

Lots of indie RPGs do that. There's a reason that they don't have significant popularity.

BAlance matter, there are so many options that plain sucks that would benefit from some balancing FAQs, those are almost never seen.


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shadowkras wrote:

Im on the opinion that if there is something that everybody takes (traits, feats, class options), while neglecting other options available, then said thing is unbalanced and must be fixed.

That is a not useful standard for PF, or at least not one paizo have chose to follow, because I don't see them nerfing any of the big six, the conjuration school spells, power attack, the perception skill...


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Limeylongears wrote:
What would you take Weapon Focus in, if you had to choose?

Dice throwing? for when the players start getting too argumentative.


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Gareth Gudrum wrote:
Hey DM - is Gareth better now in his new "healer" persona?

"better" I don't know, but certainly interesting. A description of the Eidolon seems to be missing (what can I say, I like descriptions though I'm bad at making them)


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Skylancer4 wrote:
HeHateMe wrote:

But if that's the case, then why bother giving the Lunar Oracle shapeshifting powers at all? Who would ever decide to stay in a form where they can't cast spells for 8 hours? And why not make it consistent across the Mysteries? The Wood Oracle can turn into a Treant with Plant Shape and still cast spells. The Flame, Volcano, and Waves Oracles can turn into elementals using Elemental Body and still cast spells.

And then there's Dark Tapestry, which doesn't resemble any of the other Mysteries with their shapeshifting. I just can't figure this out, too many inconsistencies.

Because it isn't an MMO or video game and small choices like that make differences. Your choices mean something and not everything needs to be "balanced" with the next class or archetype. The fact that there are all these options is what makes table top gaming so much more interesting. You aren't forced to play clone #65738828383646 of a handful of options. It definitely can be confusing, but like any complicated system (which are all but phased out of present day gaming, MMOs or the like) it just takes using it to aquire familiarity/expertise. There isn't just one way to accomplish something, there are typically several paths to a desired result if you think outside the box.

yeah, no. Odds are they didn't do it on purpose.


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
[There, that's far from the 20 of each, but I hope it gives you an idea of the things I worry the most about.

I was expecting more stories like "myy player drank my milk" but ok.

So,

- Most memorable moments as GM
- Most memorable moments as player


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- Can you describe your personal campaing setting?
- Top 20 nightmare stories as GM
- Top 20 Nightmare stories as player


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Hi.

I want to check if there is enough people interested in trying a class building system where you can choose your class features.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1n8-emDAoVGEBLiNua6W55NOBgsXllcHmTGy9jrV uqVA/edit

Character would start at level 3 and the idea is to have a campaign constructed around small adventures of the players choice. Basically the character would live in a small city in the border of civilization, and the city constantly recruit adventurers for different jobs, like killing a band of ogres, scorting a caravan, exploring some ruins, and stuff like that. I also don't plan to follow WBL and use plenty of random encounter tables plus random treasure generator.

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