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RPG Superstar 6 Season Star Voter, 8 Season Star Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 10,674 posts (16,955 including aliases). 14 reviews. No lists. 2 wishlists. 32 aliases.


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I'm interested in participating.


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thorin001 wrote:


That is the way the game is designed.

Clearly. That doesn't means it is a good desing.


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Sad my creation only got a paragraph in Endz's review D;


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DrDeth wrote:
Alexandros Satorum wrote:


Most likely crippling forced-specialization was not a thing most of those decades.

Those have been around since at least 1995, but before that, you couldnt just buy any magic weapon you liked, so it balances out.

In ad&d a longsword specialized fighter that found a powerful battleataxe would not mind using it. The fact that you couldn't buy whatever weapon you liked hurted less.

In PF a swashbuckler with his feats on a longsword that finds a powerful rapier will keep using his longsword. That's crippling specialization.


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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Alexandros Satorum wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Grumbaki wrote:

Well then...for me, I'm paranoid. For a few sessions I played a swashbuckler and really enjoyed it. But gave the character up...because I'm paranoid that something will happen to his rapier. And once that happens he'll be worthless.

The enemy steals it
He gets disarmed
The rapier gets sundered
He is in a situation where no weapons are allowed
Etc...

So I eventually decided to go with an invulnerable rager barbarian with the beast totem tree. The AC of beast totem and the pounce of greater beast totem are awesome, but for me...being able to grow claws for lesser beast totem is just as necessary. Because it means that the martial character can always fight, regardless of what the situation is. Disarm him? Growl and swipe their face off. Be told that no weapons are allowed in the negotiation room? Howl as you disembowel the diplomat with your hands. Sure, it is rare to need it, but I can't live without the option of doing something.

Anyone else have this hangup when making a character? And what is it that you do to ensure that you aren't one item dependent?

I have yet to see this be a meaningful problem in 4 decades of gaming.
Most likely crippling forced-specialization was not a thing most of those decades.
It's mostly a "thing" on charop boards like this one.

I forgot that people that have been playing for decades have access to a complete database of the games played aroudn the world and so they can tell what it's common and what it's not.


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Dire Elf wrote:
I love using minis. I don't have a tape measure in my brain, so telling me that something is 50 feet away tells me nothing.

Generally my players are only interested in how many move actions away is the enemy.


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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Grumbaki wrote:

Well then...for me, I'm paranoid. For a few sessions I played a swashbuckler and really enjoyed it. But gave the character up...because I'm paranoid that something will happen to his rapier. And once that happens he'll be worthless.

The enemy steals it
He gets disarmed
The rapier gets sundered
He is in a situation where no weapons are allowed
Etc...

So I eventually decided to go with an invulnerable rager barbarian with the beast totem tree. The AC of beast totem and the pounce of greater beast totem are awesome, but for me...being able to grow claws for lesser beast totem is just as necessary. Because it means that the martial character can always fight, regardless of what the situation is. Disarm him? Growl and swipe their face off. Be told that no weapons are allowed in the negotiation room? Howl as you disembowel the diplomat with your hands. Sure, it is rare to need it, but I can't live without the option of doing something.

Anyone else have this hangup when making a character? And what is it that you do to ensure that you aren't one item dependent?

I have yet to see this be a meaningful problem in 4 decades of gaming.

Most likely crippling forced-specialization was not a thing most of those decades.


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I'm sure somebody else would say the reconverting words my mind is unable to put together, Bob, I just wanted to say you've been a good person/poster the time I've been in the paizo forum, I hope your situation improves.


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Knight who says Meh wrote:
Nicos wrote:
Scythia wrote:
Indigenous Peoples Day happens to fall on the same day. What are the odds? :P

1/365 :p

EDIT: Assuming Columbus day was already settled down.

1/365.25

February the 29th seems like an unlikely day to choose if you want to commemorate something on the same date every year.


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Scythia wrote:
Indigenous Peoples Day happens to fall on the same day. What are the odds? :P

1/365 :p

EDIT: Assuming Columbus day was already settled down.


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quibblemuch wrote:

It has long bothered me that it did not seem that RAW excluded Reflex saves for immobile creatures. The above quotes suggest that RAW do require you be able to move in order to get a Reflex save. My reading is that if you can't move, you can't roll a Reflex save.

Chains of light imply the contrary

"A creature targeted by this spell is held immobile by glowing golden chains composed of pure light. The creature is paralyzed and held in place, but may attempt a new saving throw each round to end the effect."


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Another memorable one I saw played was this guy a friend brought over who bragged that his character was unkillable. This was in a 2e game when traps meant something and he died a horrible, rat filled death. He stormed out screaming incoherently and I never saw him again.

Behaviour like that are weird and I never understood them taking into account how easily characters can die in 2e.


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Darksol the Painbringer wrote:
We also can't assume that is the intent behind the ability, because JJ (and several others who actually are/were designers,) has been overruled before. It's not definitively stated that he designed the feat, so I can't give him the benefit of RAI in that situation, either.

As he designed the feat, pretty much he is the only one who can tell what the intention was.


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I'm too lazy for that, that's why I prefer tweaking pregenerated NPCs.


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I would like to try some OC classes, they seem cool fluff-wise, but they seems to be too complicated mechanical-wise for me to bother, and i don't make mch Pcs anyways.


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I never liked the CRB, I might buy the horror adventures since it seems more useful for DMs.


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BigNorseWolf wrote:

Now, I thought the distinction that a buckler was strapped to your arm was a bit of a stretch, but since they allowed it for slashing grace which is functionally identical there is NO reason not to allow it for dervish dance.

They are far from identical. You can dervish dance + spell combat but no slashing grace + spell combat.


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Snowlilly wrote:
Nothing in RAW even hints that Slashing Grace's list of exclusions are tied to a metaphorical "off-hand" usage

They are metaphorical for a reason.


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Do you know the dungeon crawl classic adventurers? what do you think about them?

What are your favorite PF and non-PF rpg books?


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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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