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@all: I am planning to branch into iOS development soon, any special apps you want to see there, too?
As a windows user, and a previous iOS user, my personal preference is that you continue producing apps for windows over iOS. The iOS market has a lot of apps already and some of them have had extensive development histories.
Windows phones are on the rise and their app support needs a boost. Id rather see you dominate the windows market.
basic advantage disadvantage mechanic...
DM decides if you have the advantage or disadvantage for a specific roll (be it attack roll skill roll etc). if you are awared an advantage you get to roll 2 dice and choose the highest result.
So on an attack roll you would roll 1d20 twice and pick the highest of the two rolls (2d20=17,14 = result 17.)
Disadvantage works exactly the same but you must choose the lower result. (2d20=17,14 = result 14.)
Slightly off topic.
I downloaded your simple dice roller and found it very useful.
However, it lacks the ability to roll X dice and drop highest or lowest roll (used a lot for stat generation) or the ability to differentiate high roll or low roll (which will probably become more common with D&D Next advantage/disadvantage system).
A roll history would also be nice.
keep up the good work.
Really like what your working on here - there is another spell search engine out there for windows called OGL Spells. Unfortunately it hasn't seen much action since july last year.
One thing it lacks (although promised in a future update) that yours masters is the ability to make custom spellbooks. One thing OGL does well however is its incorporation with the d20PFsrd csv files which takes all the time out of manually adding and updating new spells by allowing you to import them directly from d20PFsrd.
Perhaps you should collaborate with "Merlin" on this?
On the Charisma front I would drop it to 13...
It saves you 2 build points allowing you to raise Wis to 12 or Str to 10.
My reasoning for this, 13 is often used as the exceptional stat requirement for feats: Power Attack, Combat Expertise, Two Weapon Fighting, all require 13 in a particular stat. So if you want to feel exceptionally charismatic without investing too much into the build go 13.
After your first few adventures see how your charisma skills are playing out in-game, do you use diplomacy, bluff or intimidate? which ever you see him using more then pick up the skill focus in that skill if you feel its warranted. You have a spare feat slot in your build anyway. Alternatively use your first or second stat increase to boost Charisma.
Ok so after mulling over this some more heres another build
Rogue (Swordmaster) /Samurai Dip Version
Alternatively I’ve thought about replacing Power Attack and Furious Focus at 3rd with Improved Dirty Trick and Blind-Fight which would allow me to take Moonlight Stalker at 5th giving me a +2 attack and damage against anyone I blind with dirty trick or when I use vanish. This moves greater dirty trick to 7th.
You'll notice a lean towards the defensive abilities and feats on this build which I think may be more important than the extra damage capability. I looked at dodge/mobility/whirlwind attack route also but just found it too feat intensive.
I've also moved tiger trance to the first choice as the pounce like ability is too good to pass up when you have a bite as secondary attack.
Lastly now that Samurai is down to 3 levels its becoming increasingly likely that I may drop Samurai altogether for 2 levels fighter, but I still like the feel of this character squaring up to his challenge target, sword sheathed, then slicing them in two with his first attack.
Magda Luckbender wrote:
I don't believe the ACG is PFS legal yet. That's the point of a playtest. Please correct me if I am wrong.
PFS Document reads
All ten classes (Arcanist, Bloodrager, Brawler, Hunter, Investigator, Shaman, Skald, Slayer, Swashbuckler, and Warpriest), as they are released, are legal for play so long as you have a print or PDF version of the playtest document.
Interesting idea Matt, will take a look at it. thanks
Combat Expertise + Threatening Defender trait means that combat expertise is effectively Dodge once you have attacked in a given round. It is also prerequisite for improve feint and many other feats.
I agree I would like to take TWF earlier than planned but I don't intend to start TWF until I have that feat - single weapon (probably a katana) is how he will start until 3rd.
I have thought about going two hander rogue, that's where the samurai split came from but your right It might be worth re-examining the THF as a pure rogue.
Jon Otaguro 428 wrote:
Did pfs add tengu to free to play for all? Before you had to have some kind of certificate to play tengu.
according to the latest PFS rulebook v 5.0
Select your character’s class and race from the choices offered in the Core Rulebook. You may also select aasimar, tengu, or tiefling as your character’s race with access to the proper Additional Resources book. Other races are not legal unless the character’s Chronicle stack includes a race boon.
While dual classing to get the swordmaster trance sounds great in theory I do have to caveat that in practice I have found it underwhelming because of 1) full round to activate & 2) ends at inopportune times. With the dual class build and a 10 WIS you are looking at 6 rounds of trance at level 11 - you might find yourself activating it before the boss fight then becoming fatigued during that fight.
Your right Cnetarian and its why I'm leaning to the pure rogue option atm. He has more uses and a higher wisdom isn't out of the question by reducing cha to 10.
Having said that, the full round activate doesn't bother me because I'm the type to let others engage first (that's what meat shields are for :)) and the fatigue doesn't really affect the samurai either since you can use resolve to purge it.
Dennis Deadsky wrote:
That said, you can make either build work in PFS play. Just make sure you have an eclectic set of skills, that you role play well, and especially that you have fun and bring fun to your table.
This statement right there is what I was hoping. In the past I have only played in regular groups of local players. many min-max to the hilt and its the "utility" that always causes our groups to fail before the end of a campaign. That and many GMs I've played with don't use pre-written material and fall foul to adding too powerful a creature just because in the last 3 sessions the party has annihilated everything thrown at them.
I must admit that I do enjoy getting involved with the combat and while this guy isn't optimized I envision there being some situations where he will do pretty well.
AC/HP: The rogue build starts with 18 AC (lamellar, leather) and this will hopefully help with his 10 starting hit points.
Both builds will make use of the Tengu +1/2 confirm crit as well as swordsmans page giving me +5 to confirm crits - both katana and wakizashi will be 15-20 crit once improved critical is taken but if I can get a keen weapon earlier all the better.
Don't forget that the Tengu also has a bite as a secondary attack. it may be only 1d3 but once Greater Feint and Improved Two Weapon Feint (level 13 for rogue) are in that's another attack that is increased by sneak attack damage.
Other options I've also considered...
For the Samurai dropping feint altogether and going for more melee favourable feats to increase attack and AC.
Will definitely consider carrying a polearm type weapon though.
Thanks for your input Dennis.
Hi all I been mulling over my first ever PFS character and I have one main concept but cant choose between 2 builds.
The concept is a Swordmaster Tengu that uses feint.
I have come up with 2 concept builds the first is a pure rogue, the second is a 50/50 split rogue/samurai.
Any advise, comments, or complete reworks on the builds is much appreciated.
Rogue (Swordmaster) Version
Samurai (Sword Saint) /Rogue (Swordmaster) Version
Goning to chime in here and apologies if others have mentioned it before, I haven't read more than the first pages of replies...
After reading the Warpriest it does lack the uniqueness of the other class crossovers.
Its focus is very unclear. is it a fighter? a cleric? or even a Paladin?
What I think would help the warpriest is if you instead focused on the War aspect of the name.
I could imagine a warpriest tending to the wounded in battle, helping groups of people instead of just one, fighting alongside allies, bolstering them with blessings and divine power.
In essence I see a warpriest being more of a team player than a "look what I can do" one trip pony.
My mind flicks back to the Marshal from D&D and its use of abilities like , Battle Orders, Don't Die on Me!, and Stand your Ground, all of which would fit a warpriest IMHO and give the class a unique element beyond the fighter/cleric wannabe paladin stereotype its in now.
if your looking for ideas perhaps give them the share spell ability that casters have with familiars that functions on allies when casting spells from their spell list (1 per 5 levels),
Give them a unique spell list focused on the mass cure wounds with a tailored 6 level spell list, removing a lot of the cleric spells that focus on a single target.
Give them the ability enchant defences such as doors, walls, ballistas, and other war machines to help when the party must defend instead of going on the offence (perhaps conjure a few). I could see a warpriest blessing the water in a mote that repels undead or demons.
Give them a censer as a focus item maybe, or the ability to create and enchant then with spell effects.
Ok so I looked at the new video today in my email and while overall it looked amazing, but one thing gave me the sad face :(
at 2:29 in the video you see a female character ascend some stairs to the wall, notice how her movement is never interrupted as she moves, she simply continues running up the stairs.
Now it may seem trivial but I noticed a few other Z-Axis type posts floating around discussing climbing, swimming, and even flying.
This is a big deal in the roleplaying element of the game and for immersion. The last thing I want is to feel like I'm running around on a flat surface that simply uses camouflaged ramps as stairs, hills, rocks and mountains.
I want to see characters pause when they approach a stairs, their hand reaching out for the handrail, and then ascending the stairs. If they choose to run up the stairs they would still use the handrail but leap 2 or 3 steps at a time. Fighting on stairs should be dangerous, risking falls as you move about on the uneven surface.
while we are at it what is the mechanics for falling damage? many games have superhuman abilities to jump and fall 100's of feet with minimal injury. I would prefer to see falling become lethal after 2 or 3 stories, making magic such as feather fall a valuable asset. likewise making jump a spell that allows quick traversing of large areas that would otherwise require a character to climb up/across.
Another thing is Ladders. Physically climbing a ladder (or rope, knotted rope, etc) to ascend a wall is one of the things I love about DDO. It makes the game feel like you are exploring.
Please Devs, get the immersion right on all levels and you will keep players like myself hooked for many, many years, knowing each new area provides new challenges, not just another pretty flat plain to run across at top speed.
Daniel Turner Zen Archer wrote:
I see where your going with the Ki arrows mimic but my concern for that would be sword choice - I'm envisioning Katanas and they already have a base damage equal to a 4th level monk meaning this ability wont be used till 8th. If you go with a two handed sword then your looking at 12th or even 16th level before this ability has any benefit to you. I would prefer to keep unarmed strike available for this build also, I could imagine a skilled katana user wielding a katana in one hand and using unarmed attacks in conjunction during a flurry to perform stunning fist attacks, trips or other combat maneuvers.
Daniel Turner Zen Archer wrote:
However, being a fan of the monk's AC bonuses, I'm leery of your Kata ability replacing the AC bonus that I so enjoy as a monk (envisions self as Agent Smith dodging bullets from Matrix when playing a monk). I'd probably replace the Stunning Fist, Evasion and/or Improved Evasion, Maneuver Training, or Still Mind for your Kata(EX) ability.
Giving Kendo Masters light and medium armor proficiency was the main reason for replacing monk AC. The Kata then concentrates on defecting blows instead of generating a fixed AC increase. Kendo is more about reaction and defense with the sword and I think combat reflexes mimics this perfectly. I probably need to look at either modifying or removing evasion (thinking they get evasion as a rogue and instead of improved evasion can use evasion in medium armor)
Daniel Turner Zen Archer wrote:
As to the One with the Sword (EX) ability, that DEFINITELY should replace and work as the Maneuver Training feature of the monk base class at the least, since your ability works very similarly to that EX ability.
I see what you mean about one with the sword and TBH I would prefer to keep maneuver training for this archtype (for reasons mentioned earlier). instead I have come up with an alternate to one with the sword...
Feat: One with the Sword (revised)
Requirements: Tengu, Swordtrained Racial Trait, BAB +1
Special: If you have monk levels you also treat any sword as a monk special weapon.
Kendo Master Archtype (version 2)
*Revised* One with the Sword (Ex): You gain the feat One with the sword as a bonus feat at 1st level even if you do not meat the prerequisites. This ability replaces Unarmed Strikes.
*NEW* Sword Mastery (Ex): Your knowledge of the sword and its use for offence and defence grants you +1 to hit and +1 AC while you are wielding a sword. In addition at the beginning of every round you may apply your swords magical plus '+' to either your AC, CMD, CMB, to hit or damage. at 8th level you may add the swords bonus to any two (for example you can add the +3 bonus of your +3 sword to AC and CMD or CMB and damage), at 14th level you may apply it to any three. At 20th level your perfection of the sword applies to all of them. Since the draw of this ability is from the weapons magical enhancement if the item is rendered non-magical, or the kendo master is subject to a dispel or anti magic field this ability ceases to function, the Kendo master still retains the base +1 to hit and +1 AC from Sword Mastery however. This ability replaces Monk Unarmed Damage progression, a Kendo Masters unarmed damage does not improve like a regular monks.
*Unchanged* Kata (Ex): Kendo Masters learn patterns of movement that, unlike regular monks involve avoidance of the blows, instead rely on attacking and counterattacking with the sword. at 1st level a Kendo Master gains combat expertise but uses his wisdom modifier instead of his dexterity modifier to determine the number of attacks of opportunity he can make in a given round. at 4th level and every 4 levels thereafter a Kendo Master gains an additional attack of opportunity up to +5 at 20th level. This ability replaces a monks AC Bonus.
*New* Way of the Sword(Ex): At 2nd level, a Kendo Master gains Weapon Focus as a bonus feat with one type of Sword. At 6th level, the monk gains Weapon Specialization with the same weapon as a bonus feat, even if he does not meet the prerequisites. This ability replaces evasion.
*New* Evasion (Ex): At 4th level and higher, a Kendo Master can avoid even magical and unusual attacks with great agility. If she makes a successful Reflex saving throw against an attack that normally deals half damage on a successful save, she instead takes no damage. Evasion can be used only if the Kendo Master is wearing light armor or no armor. A helpless Kendo Master does not gain the benefit of evasion. This Ability replaces Slow Fall.
*New* Armored Evasion (Ex): at 9th level and higher, a kendo Masters training grants the use of Evasion while in Medium armor. This ability replaces Improved Evasion.
+5 Toaster wrote:
Why not both and say that the Kendo master gains One With the Sword as a bonus feat at first level, replacing unarmed strike.
The feat is more race specific making the option of using swords as monk weapons limited to Tengu's only.
The archtype opens up the idea to any race but in the process limits you to a monk class to obtain the full benefits.
The feat allows you to be a Tengu monk and take other monk archtypes, or you could be a Tengu rogue swordmaster and take monk feats that require unarmed strike (like the style feats) without actually having monk levels.
My preference is to keep such an ability very limited to avoid inadvertently breaking something hence posting it here to see if it could be broken.
I been considering a Tengu Monk build but have constantly fallen flat when trying to incorporate the Tengus swordmastery with monk levels.
So I though what about developing a Feat/Archtype that I could put towards my GM.
Before I do that however I have decided to post it here for some feedback and balancing.
Heres the ideas
Feat Version: One with the Sword
Requirements: Tengu, Swordtrained Racial Trait, BAB +1
Special: If you have monk levels you also treat your sword as a monk special weapon.
Archtype Version: Kendo Master (monk)
Kendo Masters are proficient with light and medium armor.
Sword Mastery (Ex): You treat swords as monk special weapons and gain weapon focus in a sword of your choice. You are considered to have the Improved unarmed strike for the purpose of feats and class abilities, including pre-requisites and may substitute any unarmed strike with a melee attack with your sword. This ability replaces Unarmed Strikes.
Kata (Ex): Kendo Masters learn patterns of movement that, unlike regular monks involve avoidance of the blows, instead rely on attacking and counterattacking with the sword. at 1st level a Kendo Master gains combat expertise but uses his wisdom modifier instead of his dexterity modifier to determine the number of attacks of opportunity he can make in a given round. at 4th level and every 4 levels thereafter a Kendo Master gains an additional attack of opportunity up to +5 at 20th level. This ability replaces a monks AC Bonus.
One with the Sword (Ex): Starting at 5th level, Whenever a Kendo Master
Personally I'm leaning towards the Kendo Master over the feat but would appreciate peoples thoughts/input.
Played another session of the game last night, to start with we went over previous rewards and loot and looked at converting it to the downtime system. The party has acquired the help of a local trader to sell our goods since the 2nd adventure in this campaign, we added up the loot and simply converted it to Goods (purchased Capital) we then divided the Goods among the players. We each ended up with 32 goods to use on downtime.
The Wizard in the party had a disused barn on a nearby abandoned farm as a reward, the DM classified it as a granary to calculate its square footage and allowed the wizard to spend money converting the storage into rooms to build a caster tower.
I received a decrepit old house on the edge of the town which I received as payment for a previous adventure. The DM requested I pay 1/3 the costs of a house in order to bring it back up to a liveable standard. Using the goods I had acquired from the trader covered all these costs minus 40gp to purchase some extra labor.
During the adventure we had a group of 10 bugbears attack the small town we where "defending", they simply charged down the road into the town square, my character stepped out of the tavern entrance and cast enthral on the advancing bugbears. I got 8 of the 10 (leaders saved) and succeeded on my Charisma checks to maintain their attention. The rest of the party dealt with the 2 I didn't enthral and then I proceeded to use diplomacy to teach them that Orcus is not a god they want to follow and should give themselves to The Overlord.
End result netted me 8 more slaves. I converted these and the previous bugbears to labourer teams to help rebuild my decrepit old house.
I plan to upgrade these bugbears to scofflaws and use them as pit-fighters to generate capital in the local tavern. once I have the capital I will then build a gladiatorial training school near my home and convert my house into a brothel. once that's done I can work on my evil scheme to introduce slavery as common practice in the area by inviting high standing nobles to my brothel and teaching them how beneficial slaves are compared to "paid" labor...
My GM is looking at creating new types of teams and a manager that better suits the roles I'm looking for, based off the Gladiator: Sands of Death book by mongoose publishing.
will keep you posted on how these house rules turn out and will post a full rundown once its completed.
@Quijenoth - thanks for the clarifications! that's not a bad idea, either, (the 50% rule).
Thanks and glad I could help.
One of my biggest issues with D&D since 3.0 came out is the overall way the game handles money.
The price of magic items compared to mundane has always been impossibly skewed and the new downtime system only exaggerates that further.
Been brainstorming the downtime system this weekend with my group and will try and answer a few questions...
Next up is town spending limits. Do you need to pay for the entire costs (good, capital, labour and magic) before the construction of a building or recruitment of an organisation can begin? Otherwise spending limits for town size seem fairly moot.
earning Capital and Constructing a building are two separate activities during downtime, you cannot begin constructing a building until you have earned the capital to pay for it. (however you could continue to earn additional capital while the building is being constructed.)
Also these costs apply to purchasing capital - you couldn't go into a village and expect to purchase 20 goods just because you got the gold.
The +10 is in addition to your applied skill check (effectively if you have the skills and a business to run, your take a 10 on the check becomes a 20).
Remember earning capital and running a business is an Activity Phase but you business generates its capital during the Income Phase.
So in your example you could earn 1 goods (18 check) and the inn could earn 4 goods (41 check) or you could work together and get a +10 bonus for a total of 6 goods. It basically boils down to +1 capital. the only restriction is that it must be a capital the building can generate. you couldn't use an inn to get a +10 bonus to magic capital.
not entirely correct.
A typical Tavern (Page 112) has an earnings of +19 gp and +17 influence.
So every day of downtime the tavern will generate you 2gp 9 sp or 2 influence, however, every 7 days you lose 1 point of capital (goods, influence, labor, or magic). Having a manager extends the attrition to 14 days but does NOT prevent capital attrition.
Also, according to the rules for earning capital;
Ultimate Campaign - page 77 wrote:
Earning capital is like using an item crafting feat to create a magic item: You have to put in some work to make the item, but you pay only half the normal price for it.
it goes on to say
Ultimate Campaign - page 77 wrote:
If a downtime activity’s description says it generates capital, you can earn that amount of capital by spending the required amount of downtime and gp on it;
In other words you can earn 2 points of influence from your tavern but it will cost you (or the tavern) 30gp to do so.
Business Attrition is all or nothing. if you are away from your business and it has no manager, the moment you fail a leadership check after 30 days away from the business that building cannot generate you ANY income since you last visited the business, it will continue to lose you capital however via capital attrition unless you abandon it.
Regarding the Ship - I would simply call the business an organisation. you could certainly use a dock or pirates cove as a base and run that as a business but I wouldn't "build" a ship out of rooms.
As pointed out, Magic can generate much more income than goods, labor, influence, or gp, effectively granting you 100gp towards magic item creation for 50gp and 1 days work.
Lets say you want to make a +1 longsword (2,000gp dropping the MW weapon costs to keep it simple) you could craft it for 1,000gp and 2 days work. alternatively you can earn 2 points of Magic for 100gp per day, spend 500gp and 5 days to generate 10 Magic. You could then spend the 10 magic and 2 days work to make the +1 longsword. You now have a +1 longsword for 500gp. you could sell it for 1,000 gp and make 500gp profit but its taken you 7 days to do it.
Is this such a big deal? well if your doing this yourself then no its not - most GMs wont worry because they wont give you the time to generate this between adventures. however if you have buildings or organisations generating you magic, the time investment is negated completely!
Personally I'd be inclined rule that only 50% of the cost to create a magic item can come from Magic Capital.
Hi all, I have been pouring over the Ultimate Campaign Rules to see if it would work for my character in a friends campaign.
The character concept is loosely based on the Spartacus TV series. my character fulfils the roll of Batiatus the owner of a Ludus (gladiator training school).
The other concern is CR/HD of higher level slaves and the effect they would have on the downtime system. Having a storm giant slave will likely fill the role of many laborers for example.
Using slaves reduces capital attrition for 14 days like a manager, and you MUST have a slave master (4gp/day manager) to operate the slaves at all times. If you fail to pay your slave master you lose the manager AND all slaves revolt.
I have subscribed to Pathfinder RPG, Adveture Paths and Companions in the past but stopped. I have always found the subscriptions great value for money back in Pathfinders infancy.
While setting up a new RPG subscrition for the Ultimate Campaign book I was a little shocked by the $57.61 Price tag for one book plus shipping+handling. I know its expensive to ship outside US but this seemed rather high.
Upon checking my previous book order (Advanced Race Guide) the shipping was only $13.60 compared to the $19.97 (-$2.35 discount)
Total Price after conversion for the subscription for me comes to £37.12 based on current exchange rates so I decided to check my local options.
RRP is £29.99 in UK for Ultimate Campaign - Amazon.co.uk offer Free Shipping.
BUT, Amazon.co.uk are currently offering a Pre-Order Price Deal of £19.19!!!
Thats a Saving of £11.49!
I'm sorry to say this, but at that kind of saving, I can sure wait a couple of weeks to get my hands on the books. Perhaps its because of how popular Pathfinder has become that its now more commercially available.
I find it hard to get my players out of the
Spoiler:mentality for star wars games. What I would like to see is a rules system built with SWtoR or KotOR timelines instead of the movies.
"Your Not My Father"
WotC SAGA Rules helped standardize the ruleset over the original West End Games version (which I actually quite enjoyed playing when I was younger) but, like others, I feel the d20 system is too restrictive for the Star Wars Universe.
Heres hoping this does a better job than the others.
The Problem with using Minkai is that its vastly different from Rokugan...
Jade regent Spoilers enclosed
The 5 ruling familes are all but extinct where as the clans of Rokugan are currently at war with vast armies clashing on front lines around the emperors city.
While reading through The Minkai section in "Tides of Honor" the thought of time travel has also crept into my mind. What if, the PC return to Ameiko after Jade Regent to help with a new threat set many years in the past (assuming they succeed in Jade Regent and defeat him). The power might be an ancestor of the Jade Regent, who has been sent back in time to place a sleeper agent on the throne, while the families are still very much incontrol of Minkai? The intent would be to unmask the threat of Ameiko to the Jade Regent (or to simply steal away the Amatatsu Imperial Seal). Thus preventing her return to claim the throne.
My campaign differs quite a bit from the Minkai history...
The campaign begins life with the PCs helping to create an underground route from scorpion clan terratory into dragon terratory. the Phoenix clan is amassing an army with the help of lion military might to take control of Dragon holdings.
Once the threat of war has been averted the PCs turn their attention to the job of investigating the clans presented Heirs to the Throne. Its at this point the campaign becomes a cross between a murder mystery and a Trial of Champions.
The bulk of my campaign involves alot of traveling over the northern area of Rokugan which is an area of approximately 700 miles across. however many of the later campaign traveling can be overcome via teleportation magic. Tian Xai however spans over 7000 miles with minkai almost 2000 miles from north to south!
Considering this it wouldnt be too hard to perhaps place the clans inside a single imperial family. perhaps creating some internal struggle to declare a new imperial heir to obtain rights to one of the imperial seals.
This would create a nice follow-on to Jade Regent to allow another imperial family to challenge Ameikos Rule or in the case of Ameikos demise attempt a second threat to the Jade Regent with a new Heir to the Throne.
Overall I think im liking the follow-on approach more to the time travel. I feel it does give me more freedom to shape the future of Tian Xai while remaining mostly acceptable to the cannon of Jade Regent and future APs.
Many years ago I built a campaign for d20 Rokugan.
The campaign spanned 15 levels from 1st
The Emperor has recently died and the clans are looking to present a replacement. The main plot involves an evil force who are trying to infiltrate the empire by replacing one of the clan heir's with a sleeper agent. With much finger pointing it is up to the PCs to first discover deception, then they must discover who is behind it, and then finally uncover the agent before the ceremony to crown a new emporer.
As you can imagine the campaign was heavily dependent on the interaction of the clans presented in Rokugan. In its first incantation I had 3 PCs from the scorpion Clan (2 of which were brother and sister) and 1 from the Dragon Clan, but I had built the campaign to allow PCs to choose characters from any clan.
What I'm looking for help on is rebuilding this campaign on Golarion.
Is there any way to represent the clans and their holdings in Tian Xia?
I have ordered the Dragon Empires Gazatteer and have the Jade Regent AP for which I want to run first before launching this campaign, that and it gives me some time to rebuild it before playing.
Currently I'm looking at 2 main approaches.
The first is to scale down the campaign into one area of Tian Xia. This won't be too hard as Tian Xia is alot larger than the Rokugan in terms of scale.
My second idea is to replace the clans with smaller families and placing the campaign on a remote island.
My last option, and probably simplest, is to place the struggle on a parallel world that maintains the core campaign.
I don't like doing parallel world clichés but it's a last option as I enjoyed running this game so much due to its strong dependency on the players making key decisions to shape the campaign.
Any thoughts and input you guys have is most welcome.
The cliffs remind me of Worldworksgames terrain. good to see some 3D terrain at the Con.
Harsk: "Hey look, The Pathfinder Ride... Wow, Neat!"
Tenku: "Gimmie a break!"
Merisiel: "I dont like this!!!"
Party runs out screaming!
many games come with voice chat but for some reason they all sound terrible. I play DDO and alright its not the best voice chat example its certainly typical of poor chat implementation.
As a result I use Skype running in the background to chat with a regular group.
Voice chat should be linked into gameplay too. One word commands to broadcast chat strings, actions tied to voice, even chat linked to NPC interaction!
I know the OP isn't reading this but I understand where hes coming from.
From what I'm reading so far I'm actually being turned off the idea of playing PFO, instead of feeling an urge to google it every day to find a release date!.
I don't like PvP most of the time but occasionally I enjoy the adrenaline rush it gives me.
When I don't want to PvP I play a roleplaying or challenge game like Skyrim or Batman: arkham city.
When I want to PvP I Play an online FPS like Team Fortress, Quake III Arena, etc.
PvP has its place but it needs to be balanced and on a level playing field.
MMOs are far from balanced because of levels, time investment and achievements. I don't think there is a way to marry the two together equaly without restricting it to specific servers or areas (battlegrounds) but game designers will continue to try. in many PvP MMOs the choice is there to PvP or Not but from what I'm reading the choice may not be there at all which puts PFO squarely in the Play to PVP camp.
I have a suggestion for PVP Griefer discouragement.
Law and punishment should be upheld in the game and built into the play experience.
What do I mean? simply put when you die two things happen, you are either captured or enter a death state.
This includes captured by enemy player guilds, arrest in an NPC town and the like.
Anyone that is captured is placed in jail. Then the act of leaving jail falls not only on yourself (in the way a rogue would try and escape his cell by picking the lock while the guard sleeps; but also by your team mates who should do their best to free you from your incarceration.
failure to escape leads to two end results, you do your time and walk free (a timer that could pass while offline) for lesser crimes, or you are sentenced to death via execution for major crimes, thus entering the death state. You could also suicide to enter death state prematurely.
While many games in the past have left you with a simple button to re-spawn at your bind point or to force you to journey to specific resurrection alters, or even wait for a kind soul to resurrect you on the battlefield. to prevent death-rush griefing I propose an alternate death state. you effectively travel as a spirit in the world. You cannot interact with anything or anyone and must travel to special churches and alters before interaction can take place. This could include a communing priest (PC or NPC) or even "haunting" a dungeon or house.
Once at those alters you must wait for your soul to be united with your body. teammates can recover your corpse from the battlefield and drop you off at a shrine or church at which point you can use the alter to return to life. without a body you can be brought back via powerful resurrection magics but you must wait for either a hosting body or for the new body to regrow.
Resurrection in the battlefield should be a lengthy process - not a simple click and your up.
Death state is just as much as a journey as adventuring and if done right many players might enjoy staying in death state for extended periods of time. the spirits of others both players, NPCs, Mobs and Environment are all still there and you can fight them off as they try and prevent you from getting to a shrine or church.
Additionally the death state has a bright light that hovers above your head. A destination that allows souls to move on from the world. choosing this option (by simply clicking it) deletes your character from the game. you go back to character selection and can only choice 2 options, delete and restart. Delete clears the available character slot. restart sets your character back to its original state when first created and allows you to restart from scratch without having to remake the character.
For example deciding to be a wizard should enter you into a tutorial on how to cast spells. you are entered into the game as a young version of yourself experiencing the wizard guilds training. you then, upon completion, return to character creation and decide on additional skills, taking blacksmithing introduces you to the role of a smith and what you can make. being evil introduces you to the dregs of society in your starter town. bully's, muggers, and assassins teach you how to truly be evil.
Each skill choice and the decisions on alignment (if its in the game) should come with some form of gameplay.
Players should be able to make quickplay characters but this should be limited to 1 slot per account. That quickplay slot should be limited to 1 character per day (thus deleting it locks that slot to prevent multiple toons and each is flagged as non-PVP for the first day it enters the world.
Do's & Dont's
Some people like to be helpful and I think it would be very nice to have guide programs. Guild leaders, officers and the like could flag themselves as guides. They could tutor people during these tutorials as possible recruits for their guilds. This would only improve the interaction and immersion. Guides should be aware of the requirements however, kind of like a customer service option, the player is responsible for his actions, everything they do is reported to the Customer Service for mediation after the fact, thus highlighting (and discoraging) bad experiences for new players.
A Man In Black wrote:
I think your right on some of this.
Sniping definately needs ammending to cover what the image in the blog post portrays. Just some clarification that if you effectively "assassinate" a target from the hidden condition, those nearby will be able to make perceptions to notice the action but the act does not break stealth/hidden for those who fail to notice you.
A Man In Black wrote:
According to the writeupAction: Usually making a Stealth check is not an action. Using Stealth is part of the action you are taking.
My reading of this is the roll should be made when the GM feels it needs...
How I would work it is you make a stealth check. player starts his movement. once completed I roll perceptions for onlookers and determine results appropriately.
A Man In Black wrote:
When are you noticed if you fail a Stealth check? Before, after, or during the relevant action?
A Man In Black wrote:
What happens if you hide with multiple characters who can see you, and beat some but not all?
Another grey area and very situational. I would normally allow completion of actions and base responces on the actions that follow. If 2 of 5 guards spot a rogue moving one might call out while another might move to investigate. yet the rogue could be lucky and the guards simply turns a blind eye.
A Man In Black wrote:
You seem to have added rules that require multiple Stealth checks per turn, like if I draw a weapon with Quick Draw (free action) and walk from X to Y. Is this intentional?
Draw a weapon is part of a move action - they are one and the same. however, for each action stealth attempts may be required but the rules seem to indicate to me that the first action in a round that you try and conceal with the stealth skill applies to all those actions. this prevents mutliple rolls as indicated by the following...
Other Perception Checks: If a creature makes a Perception check as a move action to notice a hidden creature, the DC of the Perception check is the hidden creature's last Stealth check. This is also the case if a creature makes a Perception check to notice a hidden creature because the perceiving creature is entering an area where it could possibly notice a hidden creature.
A Man In Black wrote:
The part you quote covers actually making a stealth check at the start of a round - sure those actions will not break stealth but then if you wish to move in the round you will need to make a stealth check to do so. You could mentally end a spell and do no actions - as long as you have cover/concealment you are still hidden thus benefiting from stealth. See the hidden condition...
Hidden: You are difficult to detect but you not invisible. A hidden creature gains a +2 bonus on attack rolls against sighted opponents, and ignores its opponents' Dexterity bonus to AC (if any). You do not have line of sight to a creature or object that is hidden from you.
A Man In Black wrote:
Full-round actions traditionally include lots of things people in the real world can do sneakily, including slitting helpless people's throats, picking locks, or really anything that requires multiple rounds.
Agreed and already stressed in my request for expanded sniping rules.
A Man In Black wrote:
It's kind of weird that giants can't play hide-and-seek with each other, because they all suffer from huge Stealth penalties but see Medium-sized things equally as well as a human does. Oh well.
I agree too. perhaps the size category should be changed to "diference in size equals -4 per size category"?
A Man In Black wrote:
Seriously? So you can silently hew a door with a fireaxe?
A bit extreme but I can see how it would be read that way. the action would not break stealth (read hidden condition) but the sound of the action would certainly alert people to allow them to notice you thus making a perception check.
A Man In Black wrote:
Is it intentional that you can snipe someone without cover/concealment?
Sniping allows you to make a stealth check to remain hidden - since a stealth check requires some form of cover/concealment you would still need that to succeed at sniping.
A Man In Black wrote:
Does the "5' rule" only apply when taking a move action to find the scent, or is it always-on 5' range Stealth-beating radar?
I would say that if you pass within 5 ft of a creature scent is automatic like a sniffer dog or pointer searching for an item. So the latter.
A Man In Black wrote:
Unrelated to Stealth, but is this LITERAL tracks only, or can Scent let you track things that float, swim, or fly?
again dogs do not need physical references to track with scent. odours can be picked up from concrete or other solid objects. It would be GMs discression if water would effectively mask a scent which i think those rules are covered under tracking/survival (though I havent checked).
A Man In Black wrote:
Is the omission of line-of-effect intentional? This currently jumps gaps in the tremorsense medium, and I don't think that's intentional.
Noticing movement 2 rooms away certainly seems viable but would it work 15 ft away on the other side of a 500ft deep revene? again GM discression I think steps in here.
not sure this is how it would work in the real world.Trapdoor spiders, cats, etc. would actually only need to perceive their prey who most of the time would not notice the predator. its the predator that is using stealth not the other way round as your reading it. Cats effectively ready an action to attack a mouse when it "breaks" cover.
In effect predators like you describe would actually be using survival to track down their prey then stealth to wait for the moment to strike. The prey is almost always unaware of the danger until its too late.
Heres a suggestion to fix the diversion part...
Firstly, WOW what a wonderful re-write!
This is such a great improvement to the existing rules. "wonders when these conditions will get added to the condition card set? :)"
One question I do still have though. multiple onlookers.
In the past when someone spots a sniper up on a rooftop he would use an action to help others by pointing the target out (thus prompting a new perception check from those that failed). Is this how you see these rules working or would you recommend something else?
The rules do allow for additional perception checks base on new stimuly (such as sniping every round) but what about when your trying to lay low?
Alternatively you could just use my house rule.
Saves alot of uneccessary die rolls and you dont lose your spell unless your actually hit and fail the check.
Only down side I've seen to this is some players used it to get a free +4 AC on their squishy wizards which I'm not too worried about.
I'm gonna examine the distraction aspect a little more.
I think the most common distraction should be combat but a swift action is a little common even for someone executing a full attack. how about making it a move action with the following rules.
Move Action Rule wrote:
Note that these rules would have to clarify that any condition that allows stealth doesnt affect the distraction condition or prevent/allow stealth against them. someone who is not distracted can still be sneak attacked by a rogue hidden in the shadows or behind cover.
I like Helics approach to perception and distraction, its abstract, as is the way of these rules without bogging things down with sight/sound/smell/etc mechanics,something Im strongly against (but I am aware that some situations need to be addressed regarding them, noticeably with regards to certain creatures and abilities).
His approach also fits in nicely with my concept of making perception and stealth a unique mechanic like AC or CMB/CMD. Distracted could be a condition marked similar to flat-footed AC.
I personally think keeping the rules abstract is key here. I know alot of people here are hoping to see a fix for the many questions that frequently come up like tremorsence and scent. I personally am hoping for an abstract ruling that provides a way to explain their effect on those abilities without creating new rules for each.
I wonder if there will be conditions in combat that would allow for a rogue to treat an opponent as distracted, such as if they are stunned, or maybe even dazzled.
Dazzled would provide a penalty to perception anyway so the chances of sneaking are increased vs them automatically.
Stunned, as well as Dazed, prevent the recipient from taking actions thus making them distracted.
What about different levels of failure?
I like to be kind to my players when they attempt things exceptional and stealth right now is one of those do or die aspects.
What I propose is that if a stealth attempt fails by less than 5 you can "abandon" your current action to make a new stealth check to "re-stealth". The situation could be highlighted by the DM by saying, "As you go to move in on your opponent you catch sight of a loose stone just before your foot comes into contact with it." (rolls re-stealth) pass = "You quickly step back into the shadows and wait for another opportunity." fail = "as you step to avoid the stone your scabbard scrapes the nearby wall alerting your target to your presence"
I would also allow those under invisibility to increase the fail DC by 10 or less given that their effectively removing one of the senses.
Of cause there may be situations that when cover is broken it cannot be re-established so easily. this is where the second "re-stealth" could include a higher DC or perhaps prevent it altogether (if the cover ,like a wagon, has moved out of range for example).
While I like what I've read, there is still one issue that concerns me. mass die rolls.
Stealth performed every round, by multiple opponents observing can lead to a combat round getting bogged down by uncessessary die rolls.
What I propose is that if you are considering re-writing the rules perhaps is the time to hardcode in some static rules to cover stealth and perception.
Consider them along the lines of CMB/CMD where one is fixed while the other is rolled.
The advantage I see to this is allowing room for additional rules such as class benefits (assassin and ninja springs to mind) and perhaps stackable and situational bonuses to cover the differential between perception (sight) and perception (sound).
An example might be that the stealth skill for a character might be rolled against a fixed DC of perception (sight) and/or perception (sound) specified in each opponent. Perception might consider a flat 10, like AC, but gets boosted by +5 for a character that is considered alert to danger and +10 that is aware of who or where that danger is. A sleeping character might be considered to have a -10.
Fixed dice does require a slight adjustment in the rules for determining stealth since as an opposed roll the chances of succeeding against a automatic 20 rolled perception doesnt put the odds favorably on the stealthy character.
not realy a rules clarification more of an expansion on the rules presented.
The blocking feature of weapons adds +1 shield bonus to AC when fighting defensively.
My questions are;
I'd be tempted to go with 2 and 3 to keep the ability in line with existing rules...
The intention of the eastern equipment section is presented as follows
Quote: Ultimate Combat
Monks are not eastern although many prefer to think of them that way. monks are proficient with simple weapons that mimic most household items, for example the nunchaku is a weaponized version of a grain flail.
If you want your monk to be more eastern then I think it should be up to the GM to determine if you can include these weapons in your proficiency list.
Personally I think they should have done a Shaolin class to fill the eastern monk role, with 72 unique fighting styles of the shaolin kung-fu theres planty of scope for new and unique abilities for a Shaolin Monk.
Xaaon of Korvosa wrote:
The weapon is both a spiked chain and a dagger.
The weapon has reach due to the rope but can also be thrown like a dagger at a range of 20 ft assuming you release (or detach) the rope to throw.
Quijenoth, is there any reason those goblins aren't trying to sunder the armor first?
True options like sunder might help in certain situations but given the exceptional lean towards adamantine, sunder becomes less viable unless you start equiping all your monsters with adamantine weapons.