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Jessica Price wrote:
That said, it is absolutely not the same to criticize a group of people who are defined as a group because they believe the same thing, which is their choice, as it is to lump together a group of people based on something as arbitrary and involuntary as a chromosome.
Jessica Price wrote:
Christians like to throw Judaism under the bus to position Christianity as an improvement to women's status

Funny, I don't remember seeing this doctrine in the Nicene creed...

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Sissyl wrote:
Why would it? If we aren't talking about audio books, the difference between a paper book template and an e-book is the amount of copy protection and other DRM crap they put into the e-book, isn't it? That doesn't exactly add consumer value...

There is additional formatting/layout cost, because the needs for ebooks are different than what you already have done for a print version.

But basically, yeah, ebook production doesn't have to pay for the printing, shipping, or warehousing, so they should be cheaper. And in fact, lots of ebooks are cheaper, but those are typically self-published, indie, and small press books.

The big publishers jack up the prices on ebooks because they don't want people to buy them. They're frantically trying to prop up old-fashioned brick-and-mortar stores, because that's where they reigned supreme as gatekeepers. If they have to compete in an ebook market alongside indie and small presses who don't have the same corporate overhead, they can't stay competitive.

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master_marshmallow wrote:
RainyDayNinja wrote:
Imbicatus wrote:
So a Dandy has no spells until fourth level, when they gain four cantrips and two first level spells known, and can cast one first level spell per day. Also, unlike other rangers, it appears that a dandy using his full ranger level as caster level, not level -3.
I agree about the spells per day, but the Dandy does not mention a change to the caster level among the other changes to spellcasting. It should still be level-3 like a regular Ranger.
Since the spellcasting is altered, you do not use the original text at all for the ranger spellcasting progression, it would appear he has full CL.

Huh? No, if it had said it replaced the Ranger's spellcasting, then you would not use any of the original text. But instead it alters it, so we use the original text except where it is contradicted by the new rules.

Likewise, it doesn't say that the type of spellcasting is altered, so it remains Divine.

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It does say "spontaneously cast." I think you could make a case for it being legal, but I also think there's enough disagreement that you'd be better served looking for a different concept.

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You can absolutely get a higher CL wand crafted if you need it. For instance, a wand of scorching ray would normally be only CL 3, but could be made at CL 7 to get that second ray. While it's not as efficient in terms of cost/ray, firing 2 at once has its own advantages. Likewise, a CLW wand of a higher CL is less efficient in terms of cost/hp, but can heal faster, if that's important to you.

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Matthew Morris wrote:

My "Elliot Spencer" knock off brawler is going to keep knowledge (local) (and cooking!) maxed just for the concept.

"They're aspis agents."
"How do you know?"
"They have a particular very distinctive stance."

I happened to notice you got the catch-phrase wrong. It's a very distinctive catch-phrase.

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Gnome Wizard (Illusionist) 5 | AC 17 T 13 FF 15 | HP 32/32 | F +4 R +5 W +5 (+2 vs. Illusion) | Init +8 | Perc +2 (low-light) | Sense Motive +0 | Blinding Ray 8/8 | Mage Armor

Piper whispers to her companions, "Ooh, I think this is one of those Iroran koan things."

She clears her throat and speaks clearly. "Our legs!"

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Murdock Mudeater wrote:
How about animal companions?

My Mammoth Rider's megaloceros has Tribal Scars, because he was gifted to my PC from the Greattusk clan after adventuring in the Realm of the Mammoth Lords.

...OK, really he has it because I wanted the +2 to Overrun. But the lore just makes it cooler.

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Curaigh wrote:
I also don't see a difference in base form and Base Form.

In the Paizo style guide, class features aren't capitalized, and they weren't capitalized in the blog post. The people capitalizing it are trying to emphasize a distinction that doesn't exist in the text of the blog post.

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I agree that this is ambiguous enough to require clarification. I'm inclined to think it's not allowed, and I certainly wouldn't recommend someone try to build one given the disagreement, but I think there is a reasonable case to be made for it being legal.


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Male Human Cleric of Njord 6 | AC21 | HP 32/45 | Perc. +8 | Insight +8 | S+3/D+1/Cn+5/I+1/W+8/Ch+1 | Spells: 1st (0/4), 2nd (1/3), 3rd (0/3) | Wrath 5/5 | HD 6/6 | Divinity 1/2 | Insp: [0] |

If Njord didn't want those animals to die, he would have hit what I was aiming at.


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Male Human Cleric of Njord 6 | AC21 | HP 32/45 | Perc. +8 | Insight +8 | S+3/D+1/Cn+5/I+1/W+8/Ch+1 | Spells: 1st (0/4), 2nd (1/3), 3rd (0/3) | Wrath 5/5 | HD 6/6 | Divinity 1/2 | Insp: [0] |

Let's do that!

Healing Word: 1d4 + 5 ⇒ (4) + 5 = 9

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2 episodes in, and I don't think the Punisher has run his hand over his bald head even once!

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To be a little more specific, I'd suggest these benchmarks for "minimum contribution" for people who focus most of their resources on out-of-combat stuff:

Level 1-4: Aid Another, plinking with a crossbow/cantrip/Magic Missile wand, or topping off hp with a CLW wand

Level 5-8: Wands of minor buff spells (Vanish, Feather Step, Bear's Endurance); a problem-solving toolbox* for things like invisibility, darkness, difficult terrain, putting out fires, etc.; medium/long-duration pre-buffs (Heroism, Barkskin, Darkvision, etc.)

Level 9-12: Moderate-level buff spells (Haste, Blessing of Fervor, Stoneskin, Prayer, Freedom of Movement, etc.), a bigger problem-solving toolbox (for dealing with grapples, enchantments, poison, curses, etc.), minor blasting wands (Scorching Ray, Burst of Radiance)

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Nohwear wrote:
At the very least, I would consider spending all of combat out of the away in full defense not hindering.

But you're not considering the opportunity cost at all.

Sure, someone hiding and going full defense isn't directly hindering the party, but did they take the spot of someone else who would be contributing more? Is there something else they could be doing instead, even as little as Aid Another or plinking with a crossbow? Did the presence of the non-contributing character cause the sub-tier to change?

In any of those circumstances, the non-contributor is hindering the party.

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Hama wrote:
Shia is a pretty damn good actor.

Also, a cannibal.

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M Aasimar Cleric (Separatist) 12 | HP 90/90 | DR 5/Blud (0/50) | AC 25/T 13/FF 23 | CMD 23 | Saves +14/+10/+20 | Init +7 | Perc +11 | SM +15 | DefBone

I'll use Mark's wand on him. If he'll follow me, I think I have time during that to walk back and retrieve my Bouncing Spell rod from over toward the pit.

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We need not make this an OOC issue. There's a perfectly good IC reason why drow lookalikes aren't found: the in-game Pathfinder Society simply wouldn't hire them.
And yet they will cheerfully hire blood spattered clerics of Lamashtu, Rovagug or Zon Kuthon. Let's not pretend that the Society is terribly picky about who it employs.

And yet my cheerful candy-man cleric of Folca isn't allowed! What kind of organization would be so blatantly anti-candy?


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Male Human Cleric of Njord 6 | AC21 | HP 32/45 | Perc. +8 | Insight +8 | S+3/D+1/Cn+5/I+1/W+8/Ch+1 | Spells: 1st (0/4), 2nd (1/3), 3rd (0/3) | Wrath 5/5 | HD 6/6 | Divinity 1/2 | Insp: [0] |

Maybe let's take advantage of the portcullis and rest in the room. Long rest to level up, right? :-D

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M Aasimar Cleric (Separatist) 12 | HP 90/90 | DR 5/Blud (0/50) | AC 25/T 13/FF 23 | CMD 23 | Saves +14/+10/+20 | Init +7 | Perc +11 | SM +15 | DefBone

Markavious, I'm assuming you gave me that wand before we started the trip, and I would have accepted then.

"Very well, let's go inside. However, I am a bit curious, Master Hestram... I detected no magical auras on your, however I see you carry your favored sword. Surely a warrior of your caliber would have enchanted your blade by now. Does it have sentimental value, such that you prefer not to alter it?"

Hope I'm not overthinking things here, but a VC with no magical gear? And one of the first things he said was to ask to hold the sword? My spidey-sense is tingling! I'm a bit wary that this might be an ambush.

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Worst thing that happened to me:

In "The Disappeared," my brother Jiggy and I were scouting ahead in the Chelish embassy, looking for a particular room that we had the key for. We find it, and Jiggy decides to stay behind in the room while I fetch the rest of the party.

Me: "OK, give me the key so I can get back in."

Jiggy: "No, I'm keeping it."

Me: "Why? It does you no good, and I'll need to get back in the room."

Jiggy: "Because someone might notice you and take the key, then no one can get in."

Me: "But you can let them in. Literally, the key is useless if you have it."

Jiggy: "I'm keeping it. Just go."

So I leave Jiggy in the room with the key, and he locks himself inside. While I'm fetching the rest of the party, he decides to explore, and he triggers a combat, which of course he can't solo, and he goes unconscious. I get back to the room, and of course can't get in because I don't have a key and Jiggy is unconscious. So I pull out my thieves' tools and get to work.

Did I mention that this is in the middle of a fancy dinner party?

Naturally, someone sees me working on the lock (my Disable Device wasn't great, and I found out later I would have needed a natural 20 to pick the lock), and I go through 2 or 3 different false identities before the guards finally arrest me and drag the rest of us away.

Total mission failure, because my brother doesn't understand what keys are for.

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Last night I built a boxing arena in Sanctuary, including VIP seating, spotlights, and video cameras. I think I need to go in and flesh out the decorations, but I'm pretty much out of steel at this point.

Once I collect more scrap and caps, I think my next project will be "The Mall at Hangman Alley," the ultimate downtown shopping experience!

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Hey, somebody finally noticed Dr. Wilkes is black!

Seriously, for a series that misses no chance to portray period sexism, it seemed jarring that no one so much as batted an eye at a black super-scientist in the 1940s.

I'm interested to see if this zero matter stuff makes it into the MCU films, since it seems like a pretty big deal to get overlooked 70 years in the future.

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I'm assuming this is on Earth, or some version of it?

Application Form
Applicant's Name: Jenny Wislicki
Applicant's Age: 18
Current Education: Veterinary Student(-to-be!)
Applicant's Desired Position: Counselor (Wolves), Nature Specialist
Describe Yourself: I love horses! Really I love all animals and I'm going to be studying to be a veterinarian in the fall so I can work with animals all day but I especially love my horse Majesty and I'll be bringing her with me to camp so all the little kiddos can meet her! I have years of experience riding horses and I even draw pictures of horses when I can't ride so that tells you how much I love them.

I also love kids and I think it's a shame how so many grow up in the city and never have a chance to get out in the wild and meet all the friendly animals! I hope all the kiddos will learn to love animals as much as I do!

Character Class: Wild Whisperer Druid

Going for a super-perky, obsessed-with-horses type of girl. The run-on sentences are in-character. It wasn't one of the listed positions, but I pictured her as a horseback riding instructor.

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grandpoobah wrote:

I'm theory crafting a Fighter/barbarian/bloodrager/slayer/ranger/cavalier/brawler/swashbuckler/gu nslinger. Her name will be Lilu-Dallas Multiclass. She will only take single levels in +1 BAB classes. There are 9 core/base classes that can be combined, 10 if you're lawful (lose barbarian to gain Paladin and Unchained monk). Toss in a prestige class like Sentinel or Duelist and you're good!

"Why is your Will save so abysmal?"

*holds up character sheet* "Mul. Ti. Class."

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Here's a Str-based build for comparison (using 20 PB, with key gear included):

Half-Elf Bard (Arcane Duelist)
16/15/14/10/8/14
Alt. Racial Trait: Ancestral Arms (Two-bladed sword)

1: Two-Weapon Fighting (+2/+2, 1d8+4/2)
1b: Arcane Strike
2b: Combat Casting, mwk/mwk weapon (+4/+4, 1d8+4/2)
3: Weapon Focus (TBS), +1/mwk weapon (+6/+6, 1d8+5/2
4: +1 Str (+7/+7, 1d8+5/2)
5: Double Slice, +2 Str belt, +1/+1 weapon (+9/+9, 1d8+9)
6: Disruptive (+10/+10, 1d8+9)
7: Power Attack, +2/+1 weapon (+10/+9, 1d8+14/11)
8: +2/+2 weapon, +1 Str (+12/+12/+7, 1d8+15/13/15)
9: ITWF, +2 Str/Dex belt (+12/+12/+7/+7, 1d8+15/13/15/13)
10: Spellbreaker, cracked pale green prism ioun stone (+14/+14/+9/+9, 1d8+16/14/16/14)

By level 10, I think we can assume heroism up most of the time, and a first round spent casting haste (either from the bard or an ally). With those buffs, his attack routine looks like +17/+17/+17/+11/+11 for 1d8+16/16/14/16/14. This is all with a 19-20 crit range, but Improved Critical and another point from Inspire Courage come in at level 11, plus more scaling on Power Attack.

So the damage is of course sitting lower than a Barbarian of the same level, but the bard also has most of his spells still available, more skill points, and a lot of his buffs are being applied to the whole party. So this is a solid way to go for a back-up melee character.


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Male Human Cleric of Njord 6 | AC21 | HP 32/45 | Perc. +8 | Insight +8 | S+3/D+1/Cn+5/I+1/W+8/Ch+1 | Spells: 1st (0/4), 2nd (1/3), 3rd (0/3) | Wrath 5/5 | HD 6/6 | Divinity 1/2 | Insp: [0] |

Athletics: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (20) + 6 = 26

Pietro breaks out with a mighty roar, then spares a quick prayer of healing to Mirrel, and runs to take cover behind Spidre's entombed body.

Healing Word: 1d4 + 5 ⇒ (4) + 5 = 9


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Male Human Cleric of Njord 6 | AC21 | HP 32/45 | Perc. +8 | Insight +8 | S+3/D+1/Cn+5/I+1/W+8/Ch+1 | Spells: 1st (0/4), 2nd (1/3), 3rd (0/3) | Wrath 5/5 | HD 6/6 | Divinity 1/2 | Insp: [0] |

Mirrel, cast Shatter on us!

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Samaranthae wrote:
If you want to roleplay a sociopathic serialkiller you could probably kill enough to sate your characters desire for blood or whatever. But on some level you should trying to hide the "distasteful" nature of your characters inner self. Think of Dexter in a pathfinder society.

You called?

Certainly I enjoy killing, which is why I serve Father Skinsaw, but I still recognize the value of controlling my urge, and directing it to productive ends. I'm sure many paladins are driven by the same lust for blood, but are simply less willing to embrace it. I would never be so cruel as to taunt someone less spiritually developed than myself, especially when it leads them to keep such a juicy secret and thereby please my patron.


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Male Human Cleric of Njord 6 | AC21 | HP 32/45 | Perc. +8 | Insight +8 | S+3/D+1/Cn+5/I+1/W+8/Ch+1 | Spells: 1st (0/4), 2nd (1/3), 3rd (0/3) | Wrath 5/5 | HD 6/6 | Divinity 1/2 | Insp: [0] |

Religion: 1d20 + 4 ⇒ (10) + 4 = 14

"Wight! Don't... well, don't do what Thyra's doing right now."

Pietro attacks it with holy fire.

Sacred Flame: 2d8 ⇒ (2, 4) = 6


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Male Human Cleric of Njord 6 | AC21 | HP 32/45 | Perc. +8 | Insight +8 | S+3/D+1/Cn+5/I+1/W+8/Ch+1 | Spells: 1st (0/4), 2nd (1/3), 3rd (0/3) | Wrath 5/5 | HD 6/6 | Divinity 1/2 | Insp: [0] |

"PRIMAL SCREAAAAAAAM!!!"

Maximized Shatter time! 24 thunder damage, DC 16 Con for half.

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"It just feels so weird...."

"You mean that Mr. Arrow's dead?"

"Yeah, that and my pants are filled with starfish."

"...You and your hobbies!"

Muppet Treasure Island?

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Steven Lau wrote:
Jeff Merola wrote:
Steven Lau wrote:
Wow significant raise in the price of ammunition of Gunslingers...
No? That's the rule that it's always been (listed price in this case is talking about the feat's listed discount, not normal purchase price). It's literally just copied and pasted from the AR page.
You are right, I read Listed price as Book price... Doh!

I already have a local player complaining about the loss of the discount.

*sigh* Looks like we need a clarification to the clarification...

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Fight my way through hordes of super mutants, pick high-level locks, and weather booby traps, and finally arrive at the main office where the loot is. A magazine on the table! What could it be? Guns and Bullets for bonus critical damage? Unstoppables to block damage? Live and Love to-

"You've unlocked a new hairstyle!"

MY HAIR IS ON FLEEK AND NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE! HOW DARE YOU SUGGEST OTHERWISE! NOW GIVE ME EXPLODING FISTS OR SOMETHING!

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Brotherhood of Steel wants me to go clear out Fort Strong, which has been Overrun with Super Mutants. I figure, no problem, let me sneak up with my sniper rifle and pick them off from Stealth, like I do.

No such luck. The BoS apparently doesn't believe in strength finder tests, because they stick me behind a minigun for a frontal assault. At least I'm in a vertibird and out of their reach, right? On the contrary, I died about a dozen times as the vertibird I'm in gets shot down and explodes.

Then, a stroke of luck! The vertibird gets shot down again, but I land safely in the water. I hustle to the shore, then engage in a protracted cat-and-mouse game with the Super Mutants, picking off one or two and running for cover until they lose me. I ended up blowing three mini nukes, two on the behemoth and one on a legendary butcher.

Then, literally ten seconds after I kill the last mutant, Paladin Danse strolls up out of nowhere and tells me he'll "secure" the armaments. B~%++, please!


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Male Human Cleric of Njord 6 | AC21 | HP 32/45 | Perc. +8 | Insight +8 | S+3/D+1/Cn+5/I+1/W+8/Ch+1 | Spells: 1st (0/4), 2nd (1/3), 3rd (0/3) | Wrath 5/5 | HD 6/6 | Divinity 1/2 | Insp: [0] |

Pietro tries again, longing wistfully for the days of crits raining from heaven.

Maul: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (16) + 5 = 21
Damage: 2d6 + 3 ⇒ (1, 3) + 3 = 7

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I absolutely love the storyline in Honest Hearts. It's great to see two people both trying to make the right choice in a tough situation, and it's rare to see devoutly religious characters handled so respectfully*. There's also a lot of great backstory with Joshua Graham, and a ton of great loot. It's my favorite DLC by far.

*I absolutely hated the Angela + Diego side quest in Fallout 3, where you help a girl kinda-sorta date rape her priest-in-training crush, chemically coercing him with ant queen pheromones to break his vow of chastity, and you get good karma for it. WTF?!

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Also, while playing around with settlement crafting, I put a flamethrower trap right next to my generator, you know, to protect it.

The trap immediately goes off, and torches my generator. *sigh...*

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Who the f@#$ installs a machine gun turret, then only gives it 6 bullets?

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Just strolling through a raider base, sneak attacking with my silenced 10mm pistol, having a good ol' time. I reach the central room with multiple levels, and can't figure out how to get to the bottom; there doesn't seem to be any stairs or ramp. So I just jump down and look for a door.

Then I see why there was no way down. Friggin' deathclaw, just around the corner.

After a few deaths/reloads, I manage to fire off 7 or 8 sneak attack criticals (with one rank in the Ninja perk) in VATS before he sees me, and take off maybe 1/3 of his health. Luckily, I equipped Piper with a sword, so she tanks it for a while, and I lob a couple of molotovs at it and switch to a bigger gun.

I don't get paid enough for this.

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Tacticslion wrote:
But from a lack of experience at the time, others generally only have thrne

Can someone check on Tacticslion? He seems to have collapsed on his keyboard mid-post.

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Yeah, at the time my nature Oracle finally got to Mammoth Rider, I lost 2 effective Druid levels on my mount due to the errata. That was a real kick in the teeth.

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Kirth Gersen wrote:
RainyDayNinja wrote:
Well sure, but unless you're deliberately trying to alienate those friends, then jerking them around when they ask a common question seems pretty pointless. Even the preening virtue signaling is being wasted on people who clearly don't share those virtues.
These were sanctimonious acquaintances and near-strangers, for whom the baby's health was of absolutely no concern compared to its gender. I found that slightly annoying. I probably should not have?

What makes you think they didn't care about the baby's health? Maybe they just thought it would be intrusive to ask if it had any diseases or deformities that weren't plainly obvious.

Stanger: "So, is your baby healthy?"
You: "Yeah, quite healthy, thank you."
Stranger: "No diseases or infections to speak of?"
You: "N-n-no... Why do you ask?"
Stranger: "Any genetic abnormalities?"
You: "What are you getting at? Who are you?"
Stranger: *toothy vampire smile*

If there's any karma in the world, the next time you inquire about a baby's health instead of its sex, you'll be accused of ableism for suggesting that the most important thing to know about a person is how healthy they are.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
GM_Beernorg wrote:


"Well, in my day we still had binary gender, non-flying cars, and Donald Trump. You whipper snappers have it easy now, what with your four (maybe more?) genders, magnetic hover cars, and ethical robot politicians!"

Don't blame me I voted for 1010101010111001010101

Do you want Skynet? Because this is how we get Skynet!


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Male Human Cleric of Njord 6 | AC21 | HP 32/45 | Perc. +8 | Insight +8 | S+3/D+1/Cn+5/I+1/W+8/Ch+1 | Spells: 1st (0/4), 2nd (1/3), 3rd (0/3) | Wrath 5/5 | HD 6/6 | Divinity 1/2 | Insp: [0] |

"AAAAGGHHH!"

Maul: 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (11) + 5 = 16
Damage: 2d6 + 3 ⇒ (5, 4) + 3 = 12

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CheezWizrd wrote:
+CHA to all saves and to Will twice

They don't stack.

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archmagi1 wrote:
I hope the Wayne's segment is super short. As with spidey and supes, the origin is pop culture common knowledge and an nth retelling does nobody justice.

I see what you did there.


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Male Human Cleric of Njord 6 | AC21 | HP 32/45 | Perc. +8 | Insight +8 | S+3/D+1/Cn+5/I+1/W+8/Ch+1 | Spells: 1st (0/4), 2nd (1/3), 3rd (0/3) | Wrath 5/5 | HD 6/6 | Divinity 1/2 | Insp: [0] |

Frustrated, Pietro reaches deep into his inner reserves of power to ensure the blow lands. Using inspiration on this b-word.

Maul: 2d20 ⇒ (8, 8) = 16 -> 13
Damage: 2d6 + 3 ⇒ (4, 6) + 3 = 13

Swearing intensifies.

Failing that, Pietro mutters a word to heal himself.

Healing Word: 1d4 + 5 ⇒ (2) + 5 = 7

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This would be a lot easier if you check out a book on probabilities, and learn to do it the short way.

DPR can be easily calculated as:

H*D+CT(H+c)*((CM-1)*D+CX)

Where:
H= Chance to hit
D= Average Damage
CT= Chance to threaten a critical
c= Extra bonuses to confirm a crit, such as Critical Focus
CM= Critical multiplier
CX= Extra critical effects, such as flaming burst

For your first example of a 1-handed longsword, you assumed:
H= 0.5
D= 4.5
CT= 0.1
c= 0
CM= 2
CX= 0

Which gives us:
(0.5*4.5)+(0.1*0.5*4.5)=2.475

Now instead of writing out every possibility, you can just plug the numbers into that formula.

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Iomedae is the LG goddess of justice and honor, so a LN servant of her dedicated to punishing oathbreakers could be an interesting take. Likewise with Ragatheil, the LG empyreal lord of vengeance.

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