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Developer. Goblin Squad Member. Pathfinder Society Member. 4,153 posts (4,157 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 alias.


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Jester David wrote:

A week's notice. This still feels short...

It is. I wish we could have managed longer notice. Due to dozens of other constraints, it simply wasn't possible.

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Dale McCoy Jr wrote:
Question for Official Rules Clarification: I have 4 author credits but 0 design credits with Paizo. The rules say those with 3 or more design credits are ineligible. Do author credits count as design credits for ineligibility?

Assuming those author credits were for game products, they do count as design credits and thus you are too successful to enter this contest.

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Thanks for bringing this up. Everyone is at Gen Con, but we'll get this cleared up before the round begins.

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I believe all the previous Superstar material will return, in good time. We're doing some internal things, that really have to happen now, and I believe that's why the material isn't currently visible.

Obviously a schedule change is going to prevent some people from entering, and I am genuinely sorry for everyone who is excluded by this. I also believe there will be some people who could not participate on the classic schedule who should now have an opportunity for the first time. Obviously, we'll analyze what participation is like before we schedule Season 10.

If anyone has concerns about judging or moderation, feel free to contact me, as host.

If you are concerned about the public vote, keep in mind that every round after the first has been all public vote for years. Having one (and only one) round be a hybrid of fan feedback and judge fiat unquestionably has caused both confusion and consternation. I think the voting public can be trusted, when they know their vote is the determination factor, but like any change this is an experiment.

I appreciate everyone's feedback and involvement!

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It DOES almost look intentional!

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Yeah, I don't see any reason you could't Vital Strike with a Flyby Attack.

Do be aware though that unlike Spring Attack, Flyby Attack doesn't prevent attacks of opportunity.

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Cheapy wrote:
Does this book provide a working definition of precision damage? I'm not a fan of defining core rules in non-core material, but so far the only way to figure out what precision damage is is through inference :)

No, we don't attempt to define core rules in this line. The action table on the inside back cover of Melee Tactics is as close as I think we've ever gotten. If there's going to be a firmer definition of precision damage, it'll be handled by the rules team, i expect in a new product, faq, or errata.

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It can't hurt to talk about what you'd *like* to see in this book. :)

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John Kretzer wrote:
It could have made sense in the Inner Sea gods book or Faiths of Balance also...

Yes, good point. I was really only referring to books I helped develop, and those were before my tenure here.

John Kretzer wrote:
but I am so happy it could have been included in the Faiths of Law book for all I care.

Glad to hear it!

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John Kretzer wrote:

And yes finally Wasp familiars for the followers of Calistria. :)

I have been asking for that forever it seems. :)

You have. I listened. This was the first place where it was a good fit that I was able to make it happen. (It might have made more sense in Familiar Folio, but for reasons too boring to go into that didn't work.)

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Belafon wrote:
The thing that I'm not clear on - so hopefully you can speak to intent, Owen -

I can happily speak to my take on it as developer, but since I'm not on the rules team this isn;t a FAQ or errata.

Belafon wrote:
if you do take a prestige class that advances spellcasting in an arcane spellcasting class would that advance your extracts (since the alchemist is now an "arcane spellcasting class")?

I'd say yes.

Belafon wrote:
Also if I am an 8th level alchemist and pick a 1st level wizard spell, I have to use a second level alchemist slot to prepare it. Is it a first level spell or a second level spell?

For you it's second - it's the same level as the extract slot needed to cast it. It's like break enchantment being a 4th level spell for a bard, and 5th level for a cleric.

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Chris Mortika wrote:
Yep. These days, I stick to Pathfinder Society play, so it looks like I'll be dropping most of my subscriptions for a while this winter / spring.

Certainly I don't expect this book to be useless for PFS players...

The Description wrote:
Inside this book you'll find discussions of what it means to carry out evil plans (especially for characters not themselves evil)

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I gave it considerable thought. This seemed a reasonable price. I would't have noted that the spell counted toward using magic items and prerequisites if I hadn't given it any thought.

What I didn't want to do was say "this one archetype can make this one specific construct, but no other alchemist can do anything else like that, even though we just proved t can be done in-world."

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It gives you a caster level and counts as a spell on your spell list for purposes of prerequisites. I'm not sure it's a *good* path to any PrCs (you're going to get a spell of any given level much later than true casting class), but I'd certainly assume you are considered a spellcaster.

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WiseWolfOfYoitsu wrote:
Reading Greater Feint, it says they are flat-footed until the start of your next turn. It does not say they are only flat-footed against you. That also means that if the enemy provokes an AoO from you, it is against his flat-footed AC.

If that is true, it makes the first ability of Mythic Greater Feint not only useless, but less powerful than base Greater Feint.

Even if Greater Feint only applies to the Dex bonus loss that is a direct result of the feint, it can still be usefully applied to AoO (which can be a big deal), Two-Weapon Feint, Moonlight Stalker Feint, (arguably) Feint Partner, (arguably) Sly Draw, Passing Trick, Feinting Flurry, and Wave Strike.

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It's been an honor to get to meet you in person. I wish you well in all your future endeavors.

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Eric Hinkle wrote:
I'd like to know why Expanded Summon Monster doesn't let you summon psychopomps, or am I missing them? Maybe Pharasma keeps them too busy to let them go running off when a summoner whistles?

Basically, yes, Pharasma keeps them too busy. As do, I suppose, summoners who take Summon Neutral Creature. But the decisions was made from a Golarion-lore perspective that most people can't summon psycopomps without being priests of Pharasma, so they were removed from the list.

Eric Hinkle wrote:
And I wish we could have gotten something allowing Unchained summoners to have eidolons more than one alignment step away. Say, a good summoner trying to redeem their demon or devil buddy, or an evil one trying to corrupt that angel or agathion. And maybe some hints on just what exactly the eidolon gets out of the relationship with the summoner. Is it just for the chance to visit the material plane regularly, do they somehow get stronger by doing this, or do they just like the sumoner they're working with?

Those are neat ideas, but for Unchained I didn't have time to do more than make sure all the options were dual-summoner-compatible, and going into the summoner-eidolon relationship was beyond the scope of what I had room for.

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Bardess wrote:
Does the Battle Companion warpriest major blessing count as a spell-like ability for the purpose of summoning a Guardian Spirit?

It's (Sp), so yes.

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David knott 242 wrote:
Since summoned creatures are already forbidden by the rules for the Summon Monster and Summon Nature's Ally spells from casting spells or using spell-like abilities that duplicate spells with expensive material components, why would having such abilities affect the suitability of a monster to be added to a summoning list?

Two ideas got rammed together there, and it's unfortunate, but the advice itself is not wrong.

1. At-will abilities can throw things off.
2. Creatures that depend on abilities with expensive material components may not work well for summoned creatures, as they can't use those abilities.

Clearly those ideas got muddled, and that's likely my fault. Luckily, it's still good advice for a GM to carefully consider such creatures before adding them to a summoning list.

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DM Beckett wrote:
I'm a little bit leary on the Herald Caller as well. Was it intentional to actually reduce their ability to Summon Monster? I'm not sure if this line "A herald caller can use summon monster spells only to summon creatures particularly appropriate to her deity." followed by the more specific rules: Elementals if they have a given Domain, are on the special list, or "creatures whose alignment matches at least one aspect of her deity’s alignment". Adding a Celestial (or other Template) DOES NOT CHANGE THIER ALIGNMENT. This is very similar to the confusion around the Sacred Summons Feat.

No confusion, and entirely as intended. That means clerics of neutral, neutral good, and neutral evil deities make better herald callers, since more things are true neutral (and thus share one aspect of their deity's alignment).

DM Beckett wrote:
And what happens with say a Battle Herald of Eristal who has the Animal Domain. Shouldn't ALL Animals be appropriate?

You'd think druids might worship Eristil as well, but any who do aren't able to be LG.

DM Beckett wrote:
It also seems a bit odd that they loose both Medium Armor and also Shields. Should probably be one or the other, as the Archtype seems like it needs to be right in the middle of things with it's expanded Channel Energy and Short Range of Summon Monster Spells.

It's channel energy works for summoned creatures "even if they are out of her normal channel energy radius." So the herald called doesn't have to be anywhere near them. And summoned creatures can move beyond the range of summoning spells. So the herald caller has a good incentive to not be in the middle of things.

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DM Beckett wrote:
It's not entirely clear on a few things. For instance, it specifies that it adds that creature to your Summon Monster 3 list (or Nature's Ally), but what if, like the Celestial Eagle (or Hawk as is incorrectly listed) it's already there? Do you have it on two lists now? This could also apply when some "priests" get access to a certain creature which might cross over. Not sure if there is a case off hand.

Your guardian spirit is one, specific creature. Even if it's a version of something you could already summon, you add your specific guardian spirit (which has a template no other creature does) to your summoning list, and get special benefits when you summon it 9and only when you summon exactly it, not creatures like it but without the template).

DM Beckett wrote:
Does the Summon Monster 1 version count for Guardian Spirit status?

That's covered. Your guardian spirit starts at the 5th level summon spell. There are ways to move it up the list of summoning spells, but not down. So no, it's never something you summon with summon monster I.

DM Beckett wrote:
How does this work with the Homunculus, who normally you have to first create via Craft Construct?

If you take the Summon Guardian Spirit feat and pick a homunculus, your guardian spirit manifests in a homunculus. You didn't actually build one, that's just the form your spirit takes.

DM Beckett wrote:
Finally, how does this work when you use a higher level Summoning Spell to call multiples of that creature?

Again, only the guardian spirit itself grants bonuses and, as the feat states "multiple versions of it can't be summoned."

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Nate Z wrote:
Can the guardian spirit template be applied to a summoner's eidilan?

No, it's specifically tied to summon monster and summon nature's ally.

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Clearly *something* is off. I'll see if I can figure out which is off, and what it ought to be.

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It does not, as either RAI, or as RAW for anything except double weapons that are actually classified as one-handed weapons.

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Eric Hinkle wrote:
I'll love reading this one just for the rules on poisons. Heck, I'd get a Player Companion that got all the various rules for poisons and poisoners together in one place.
Will this book use the information on poisons from Pathfinder Unchained?

No, which kinda makes me sad but I only have so much room. In most cases, the rules from Pathfinder Unchained are optional rules that just don't play well with the rules they replace so, like the words of power from Ultimate Magic, we provide them for GMs who want to play with the feel and style of their campaigns — but we don't have space to present supplemental material for both the existing rules and the optional rules.

There are some exceptions. The Unchained classes are generally pretty close to the standard classes, so even when something doesn't work perfectly for both versions it seems to just take a quick note to make a new option compatible for both. I have an outline for a future book that mentions the stamina rules as a special case. But sadly there's just not space to cover every possibly implication of ever Unchained rule. It's a toolbox, so you should still be able to use its tool, but it'll take some elbow grease.

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Matrix Dragon wrote:

Is it bad that I am much more excited about this book now that I've seen that the advertisement for it on the back of the Monster Summoner's Handbook has a two-tailed kitsune? It does make sense that kitsune would get mentioned (or at least get a picture) in a Dirty Tactics book, I'm just surprised that Paizo is actually bothering to acknowledge a Dragon Empires race.

I have a feeling that this is Alexander Augunas' doing ;)

That depends on what you mean by "Alexander Augunas' doing." It was my idea to include some Kitsune stuff, along with a few other "trickster races." But it was absolutely Alex Augunas I contacted as a freelancer to get it written...

We really do pay attention. :)

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Ross Byers wrote:

What's the difference between the caller's feather's two powers?

Was it the intent of the Priestly summons list to leave Bearded Devils at summon monster v for Asmodean priests?

Those are fair questions.

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Ross Byers wrote:
Hrmm. Priests of Asmodeus get to add Bearded Devils to the 5th level summoning list. Trouble is they are already summonable at that level.

Should the cleric of Asmodeus happen to be a lawful neutral or neutral evil druid, and thus have summon nature's ally, that table allows her to call the bearded devil with summon nature's ally V.

Ross Byers wrote:
I'm not quite sure what the difference between the passive and 'use up' power of the caller's feather is.

Used passively it allows you to summon more total HD of creatures, but each individual creature must be within the spell's HD limit. Used and expended, you can summon a single more powerful creature and gain the bonuses to skill checks.

Ross Byers wrote:
Or if it stacks with the Augment Calling feat.

Do you mean the feat from from #1 With a Bullet Point 10 Subschool Augmentation Feats, or some other feat?

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Bellona wrote:
It may well be a succubus - after all, they can shapechange to suit the tastes of others - but my mind is firmly trying to label it as an incubus.

If it were an incubus, it'd have "bestial legs," and most likely be carrying a weapon. :)

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Deadbeat Doom wrote:
Definitely looking forward to additional Kineticist love!

I am *especially* excited about what we've got coming for the kineticist!

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Zaister wrote:
Hm, illustartion #3 is named "succubus." I'm not sure...

That's correct, and that's how I filled out the art order.

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Todd Stewart wrote:
I will never be able to sneak a half-faerie dragon into something official. *sniffles*

I could see it as a template for familiars...

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Rowe wrote:
Would someone be willing to spoil the new Psychopomp of rme and let me know if it is eligible for improved familiar?

It's got 11 HD so... no. :)

OTOH if you WANT an improved familiar psychopomp, the nosoi in Bestiary 4 has you covered.

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Havoq wrote:
Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
Posting as GM, rather than a developer, I have allowed a jump to end mid-air and an attack to come at the end of that. If the character doesn't land on solid ground when his move ends, he then falls. I generally allow you to treat this as an intentional fall so you can Acrobatics to reduce damage, but most folks still end up prone.

As a GM how do you feel about falling back down provoking an AoO? Yes, it does, or no it doesn't?

Yes it does, unless you have some option that prevents it from doing so.

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Posting as GM, rather than a developer, I have allowed a jump to end mid-air and an attack to come at the end of that. If the character doesn't land on solid ground when his move ends, he then falls. I generally allow you to treat this as an intentional fall so you can Acrobatics to reduce damage, but most folks still end up prone.

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Terminalmancer wrote:
I can't really look at the PDF from work, but it makes me wonder whether that spell that blows up summoned monsters is on the Inquisitor list. Hmm.

You mean final sacrifice? No, it's antipaladin 3, bloodrager 2, cleric 3, shaman 3, sorcerer/wizard 3, summoner 2, witch 4.

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cartmanbeck wrote:
So from Terminalmancer's description, it looks like pretty much everything I wrote for the book got included (YAY!) though some of it seems to have changed significantly, so I'll wait until I get my copy before I talk about it.

This book is a weird case where one developer who is no longer with us conceived, outlined, and assigned it, and a different one (me) developed it, ordered the art order, developed it, and shepherded it through the rest of the process to go from "manuscript" to "book." I never had a chance to tai to Patrick about what he had in mind with some of his choices in the outline, so I often couldn't carry his original vision forward. Also, I had access to Pathfinder Unchained, and the original developer didn't, which forced some changes. I did a lot more consulting with the design team and James Jacobs than usual, to make sure the book I put together matched the general vision of the company (though I am sure I still missed some things).

So for the folks who wrote this, yes in many cases there have been significant changes. That's always a possibility, it's one of the reasons we have developers - to codify and homogenize the ideas we get from freelancers into a consistent book - but in this case I took a heavier hand than I usually do. If you are someone who sees your work changed more than usual here don't panic. :)

I like the final product a lot, but it does bear more of my stamp than earlier PCs did, when I was working with the previous developer, or at least had plenty of time to talk about what he was thinking.

Of course the transition period was brief, and then we get into books I outlined and assigned, right after this. :)

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magnuskn wrote:
On a more serious note, are the Summon Good/Neutral/Evil Monster feats reprinted from Champions of Purity/Balance/Corruption? Seems like they would belong in this book.

No, they are not. Those feat have to come with entire tables of things you can summon, and that takes up a lot of space. The books are all in print, and the most recent of them is only 7-8 months old. I don't want to ask people to pay for a big chunk of less-than-year-old reprint content in a 32-page book if I can help it.

However, there is a NEW set of options to expand what creatures you can summon with summon monster, and a compiled and revised list of special things priests can summon (adapted from the deity articles in the many APs, revised and updated by myself and James Jacobs as needed).

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equinoxmaster wrote:
will it have a page on Aldori dueling?

It's certainly have SOME Aldori dueling coverage.

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I'll be on the panel, and plan to have this year's RPG Superstar, Monica Marlowe, available to answer your questions!

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IF you are a spell caster who uses a shield and uses scrolls, it's amazingly useful. You can scribe a 3rd level or lower across that's always ready and prepped when your shield is, and it costs you half what a regular scroll costs you to make (so 1/4 the cost to buy). After two dozen spells, the shield has paid for itself.

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Greylurker wrote:
I'm playing a Crypt Breaker Alchemist for Mummy's mask and I'm having a devil of a time tracking down discoveries and such from different books. I know there is a Healing Bomb discovery someplace but I'll be damned if I know where it is.

Magical Marketplace, page 20. :)

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Again, this book went out the door before we began making all content work with both APG summoners and PC summoners. Starting with Monster Summoner's Handbook, everything for summoners will address how to use it with both.

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Eric Hinkle wrote:

Okay, I gotta ask, what the heck would you need a huecuva cohort for? They seem to be one step above zombies to go by the bestiary entry.

Still, someone will love it!

That one step includes being able to take class levels, which is no small thing. :)

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I'm glad people are enjoying it!

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Brinebeast wrote:
I would really like to see the Sahir-Afiyun Achtype updated!

Is there something specific about pesh magic you think needs updating?

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These are all good ideas. I encourage folks to keep them coming.

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Obviously I can't promise anything, but I AM interested in what people DO want to see in this book, and books like it. The short solicitation text is often written *very* early in a book's life.

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KingOfAnything wrote:
I really liked the Wild Caller summoner archetype. Shaping your eidolon from the plants around you seems like a fun concept.

Didn't we already have a Wild Caller archetype in the Advanced Race Guide under Half-Elves?

WHY DOES PAIZO KEEP REUSING NAMES!?

It gets mighty confusing!

Because I failed Developer Due Diligence. Worse, I made a change to keep it from being very close to an existing archetype name... and made things worse. Mea culpa, and apologies. I hope to avoid ever doing it again.

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