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RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 16. RPG Superstar 2013 Marathon Voter, 2014 Dedicated Voter, 2015 Dedicated Voter. FullStarFullStarFullStar RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Tennessee—Kingsport. 3,300 posts (4,205 including aliases). 1 review. No lists. No wishlists. 10 Pathfinder Society characters. 18 aliases.


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I built one who is an emberkin aasimar (+2 Int and Cha) bard. High Int and bardic knowledge means tons of skills and good Knowledges. If you want to go all-out, get a wand of Knock.

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Keep in mind Iomedae isn't just the goddess of righteous ass-kickery, but also of justice and honor. Your paladin could travel with the Pathfinders to ensure they deal fairly with the people they meet.

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Lord Snow wrote:

I don't think I will buy another audiobook though, mostly because of their prices - 2 or 3 times that of a normal kindle book. I don't want to overspend on books so getting the audio ones might actually reduce the number of books I read, which I don't care for.

You should check out LibriVox. They have a bunch of volunteer-read audiobooks of public domain works. Of course it's all older stuff, but free audiobook collections of Sherlock Holmes stories, etc. is nothing to sneeze at.

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Jiggy wrote:
The Disappeared was actually the culprit I had in mind with "splitting up makes sense, but it doesn't work". The punishment for creative thinking actually causes that scenario to reinforce the "murderhobo" mindset, IMO.

We didn't fail because of splitting up or "creative thinking." We failed because you locked yourself in a room with the only key (ignoring my protests), then aggro'd a fight by yourself.

I told you I wasn't going to let you live that down.

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Hey cool! I'm in some great company.

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For rapier-style fighting, you'll definitely want the ACG and probably Advanced Class Origins for the Fencing Grace feat as well. But you can play a pretty good Dex-based fighter with mostly Core if you go with an Elven Curved Blade

My wife is running one, and even with only 14 Strength and Power Attack, because it's a two-handed weapon, she hits hard for a Dex-based build. At 6th level, she's hitting at +12 for 1d10+13, with a 15-20 crit threat range. The only non-core element she uses so far is the Lore Warden archetype which boosts her skills and Combat Maneuvers, at the expense of armor and shield proficiencies she's not using anyway.

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A chicken in every pot, a car in every garage, and a Kellogg in every Top 32! Huzzah!


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Dirge Bard 5 | AC 20 T 13 FF 17 | HP 38/38 | F +4 R +7 W +4 | Init +9 | Perc +0 (Darkvision 60) | Sense Motive +8 | Performance 13/17

Bluff: 1d20 + 13 ⇒ (17) + 13 = 30

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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Andrew Hoskins wrote:
RainyDayNinja wrote:
Andrew Hoskins wrote:
Ustalav is for Ustalovers
Is an Ustalover someone who loves his lips?
You'll have to ask the slaad; it's her title. :-)

I'm just a Markov meme generator into which someone fed too much Golarion lore. :)

At the time, I was just silly riffing on the first thing that popped into my mind. I never expected Andrew to glean a germ of an actual article idea in it.

I was actually referencing the VeggieTales song "I Love My Lips," in which Larry ends up in the lip ward of the hospital, and learns the Polish word for "lip" ("Usta") from his roommate. Sure it's obscure, but the set-up was just too perfect.

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Jeff Lee wrote:
Shields with eyes.

In Soviet RPG Superstar, eyes shield you!

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I can't believe I just voted for the item that reminds me of Psycho, and not because of the violence.

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Andrew Hoskins wrote:
Ustalav is for Ustalovers

Is an Ustalover someone who loves his lips?

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Here are some unusual ranged builds for you:

Six-Gun Wizard
8/16/12/17/14/8
Human Pistolero 1/Wizard (Scryer) 1/Eldritch Knight X
The SLA from the Scryer subschool counts as the 3rd-level spell to qualify you for Eldrtich Knight. Pretty standard ranged feat progression, plus Arcane Strike to make up for the loss of Gun Training compared to normal Gunslinger. Oh, and you're a wizard too.

SAM Barbarian
14/18/14/10/10/10 (adjust mental scores to taste)
Human Barbarian (Savage Technologist)
Again, standard ranged feat progression, but the Str/Dex rage makes your arrows beastly. Reckless Abandon rage power keeps your accuracy above-average, and Surprise Accuracy and Rolling Dodge are good too.

Gun-Fu Monk
9/18/14/10/16/7
Human (or Undine, if you have the boon) Pistolero 1/Zen Archer 1/Pistolero 4/Fighter X
Standard gunslinger feat progression, but the Zen Archer dip at 2 gives you Wis to AC and Precise Shot for free. Eventually you can pick up Deft Shootist to do all your shooting in melee if you want.

Personally, I have a Wayang Lore Warden as an archer, and between the archetype, FCB, and 16 Int, he gets 8 skills/level. Add in a Discerning Wayfinder, and he can identify his own magic items, attempt all the Knowledge (and Linguistics) checks, and eventually he'll take Additional Traits to become a UMD monkey too.

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Why yes, I would like a full-color illustration of your item. I need a tie-breaker factor.

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"Pathfinder got rid of that rule" vs. "PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWER!"

*sigh* Comes down to construction requirements again.

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"Can everybody huddle up a little closer? The radius for this effect is measured in inches."

(A rather hilarious typo, but otherwise not a bad item at all. An easy upvote.)

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RainyDayNinja wrote:
"Anyone who touches this item instantly knows everything about how its powers work," a.k.a. "But I don't wanna waste my skill ranks on Spellcraft!"

And its companion, "I'm sick of you making your Spellcraft checks! I don't want you to know what this item does until you actually use it!"

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Congratulations. The other item was so boring, I was able to overlook your lack of [b] tags.

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In the future, please do not write your rules text in Ye Olde English.

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Huh, that is a real word. Fine, I guess I'll vote for you.

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OK, that item is gruesome, but hella cool.

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The ki idea would be good, because there are a number of spells which seem designed to be used by monks, for some reason (Ki Arrow, Ki Leech, Blood Crow Strike). I wish I'd thought of that before, because I would have entered that!

Here's what I had written up for a martial staff that I didn't enter:

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The engravings on this rough-hewn wooden staff depict feats of physical prowess. In addition to activating this staff as a spell-trigger item, the user can also activate it by spending a number of uses of martial flexibility, inspiration, or panache points equal to the number of charges required for the spell used. This still consumes charges from the staff as normal. When activated in this way, treat the user’s base attack bonus as her caster level, and Wisdom bonus (if using martial flexibility), Intelligence bonus (if using inspiration), or Charisma bonus (if using panache) as the spellcasting ability modifier. It can also be recharged by spending 3 uses of one of these abilities in place of a spell slot.

I couldn't come up with a spell list I liked for it, so I abandoned it, but it sounds like a lot of people had similar ideas. I look forward to seeing if anyone made it work better than I did.

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I've never had a problem as a player or GM with the PCs hanging out together for days after the mission ends to nurse each other back to health.

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skyshark wrote:
Clay Clouser wrote:
theheadkase wrote:
That preview function on the submission is priceless! It was around 20 words less than my word processor (Google Drive Document).
If you had all your formatting notations like [./b] other services will count those as words
[b][/b] are supposed to be included in the submission, so words like "price" and "aura" are bolded? There goes my entry for this year.

Also, be careful about describing your formatting errors in detail, because that can break anonymity.

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Tom Phillips wrote:
Jacob W. Michaels wrote:
Here's hoping I can match Tom Phillips with a third run at the brass ring.

Cheering for you! We need more three-peats.

Although my record of three consecutive years should be safe for another few years. ;-)

Ahem.

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Chris Shaeffer wrote:
I think we're gonna get A LOT of staves this year because of the perceived challenge and prestige of it. ;p

Would you go so far as to call it a staff infection?

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Chris Shaeffer wrote:
I think we're gonna get A LOT of staves this year because of the perceived challenge and prestige of it. ;p

Sort of like we had 6/32 (IIRC) fey creatures last year for the urban monsters round.

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Everyone who has voted in previous RPG Superstar competitions knows that there are some item concepts that keep showing up, no matter how many times they've been done before, or how many times people are warned against them. But with the switch to other types of magic items, how might those cliches change? Here are my predictions:

On the way out:
-Magic Walkie-Talkies (they'll still be here, mostly as rings, but I predict a lot less of them)
-Camping items

Here to stay:
-Spells in a can (will any staves avoid this?)
-Skill bonuses in a can
-Blood, gore, and mutilation
-Elaborate backstories (on steroids this year)

The new cliches:
-Life-stealing swords
-Metamagic feats disguised as rods
-Items intended to "fix" the ACG classes
-Weapon/armor special abilities instead of unique items

What are your predictions?

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1) Bit of Luck lasts for 1 round, which means it ends at the start of your next turn. So it depends on the skill you're using. If it takes a standard action or longer, then you don't get another standard action before Bit of Luck runs out, and it won't work. But for your example of Acrobatics, that's part of a move action, so it would work because you can use Bit of Luck as a standard and still have your move.

2) Protection from Evil is not a personal range spell, so unless the Shining Wayfinder adds a restriction about casting it on yourself, you're good.

3) These are rules questions, so this should be in the Rules forum. Flagged to be moved.


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Male Human Wizard (Manipulator) 4 | Init +1 | HP 30/30 | AC 12, T 11, FF 11 | Fort +5, Ref +5, Will +6 | CMB +1, CMD 12 | Perc +0, SensMtv +7

"Of course I understand what it means, but perhaps you should explain it for my companions' sakes."


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Dirge Bard 5 | AC 20 T 13 FF 17 | HP 38/38 | F +4 R +7 W +4 | Init +9 | Perc +0 (Darkvision 60) | Sense Motive +8 | Performance 13/17

"Two words: training montage."

Perform (Eye of the Tiger): 1d20 + 5 ⇒ (13) + 5 = 18

-Posted with Wayfinder


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Dirge Bard 5 | AC 20 T 13 FF 17 | HP 38/38 | F +4 R +7 W +4 | Init +9 | Perc +0 (Darkvision 60) | Sense Motive +8 | Performance 13/17

Is that 7th-level cleric of Abadar gonna pitch in at all?

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I agree with Mark that Paizo-built pregens won't add enough useful feedback. I like the idea of building playtest characters as pregens, but GMs would need the ability to veto them, or even have a requirement that the build be discussed with the GM beforehand. This would ideally leave the option open for close-knit groups who can pre-plan and communicate, or for those players that a GM trusts to get the rules more-or-less correct, but keep people from foisting dysfunctional characters on an unprepared GM.

My main concern is that it could be disruptive on a social level if a player reacts badly to his or her playtest character getting vetoed, or a GM feels pressured to accept a character he or she is confused by.


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Dirge Bard 5 | AC 20 T 13 FF 17 | HP 38/38 | F +4 R +7 W +4 | Init +9 | Perc +0 (Darkvision 60) | Sense Motive +8 | Performance 13/17

"Those potions seem a bit expensive. But I wouldn't mind having some of those scrolls around if we can get them for a bargain..."

Dagon pounces on the opening bid, putting on a display of impatience. "255 gold pieces! Although I might need someone to make change for me if it goes for less than two thousand."

Bluff: 1d20 + 12 ⇒ (16) + 12 = 28

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David Bowles wrote:
Joseph Kellogg wrote:
Yeah, I don't really care if they crush the scenario. It's certainly better than spending a half-hour in the boss fight biting my fingernails and searching for a way to avoid killing them.
Oh, I don't do that, either. I just kill the PCs if they can't handle the BBEG. PFS BBEG's aren't usually that hot.

Well, these days my wife is usually playing at my table. And "Angry Wife" is a condition that you'd better make sure is cleared by the end of the scenario...

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Christopher Dudley wrote:
RainyDayNinja wrote:
Christopher Dudley wrote:
Sorry I'm late. Work was murder.
Spiderman 2, right?
Oh... so close, and yet....

Wait... duh. I remembered it was Norman Osbourne when he showed up for Thanksgiving dinner, but it didn't occur to me to think about what movie he was the villain in.

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It's not necessarily evil, for instance if it's used against vermin, plants, animals, or evil outsiders.

Whether it's evil to use it on intelligent humanoids and the like is up for interpretation, but even if it is, evil acts are not banned. It should probably be treated the same as using an [evil] spell, such as death knell.

On the other points, I'm guessing the range is supposed to be touch. And given the conditions to pull it off, it's essentially just a magic coup-de-grace.

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Stephen Radney-MacFarland wrote:
I am very open to suggestions on what kind of emotional foci folks want to see.

Cowbell.

"I had a fever, and the only cure was more cowbell. Sadly, it didn't arrive in time..."

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I think the 3 main issues for the Medium are:

1) The proficiencies, spirit bonus, and spirit abilities are not enough to make him a competent martial class on par with any full-BAB class. And with 4 skill points and 4-level spellcasting, he's even worse at other roles.

2) The selection of spirits, especially when their abilities interact with each other, is too complicated.

3) A class feature that gives the GM control of your character for the rest of the day will only end in tears.

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blahpers wrote:

As someone pointed out in another thread: The occultist doesn't have any* spells on her spell list that work with the summoning focus resonant power.

*Or at least "many". I haven't checked thoroughly, but at the least it's missing the usual suspects for 1 round/level summons, such as summon monster I and summon nature's ally.

So far, it looks like the best use for the Occultist is to hand out his implements to the rest of the party at the start of the day, then stay at camp to craft while they go out and do the adventuring.

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OverLordXIII wrote:
I noticed the class has the class skill disable device, and I am not sure if I miss it or not (my pdf reader is acting wonky for some reason), but do they or will they be able to disable magical traps?

I didn't see it, but that would be a nice power for Abjuration implements.

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How about a big expedition to Sarusan or Arcadia? It might be interesting to have PFS scenarios explore the currently-uncharted areas of Golarion, instead of waiting for modules and APs to blaze the trails first.


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Dirge Bard 5 | AC 20 T 13 FF 17 | HP 38/38 | F +4 R +7 W +4 | Init +9 | Perc +0 (Darkvision 60) | Sense Motive +8 | Performance 13/17
Kaelic wrote:
After I take a hit from that wand.

None of us can use the lightning bolt wand, or else I'd be behind your plan 100%


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Dirge Bard 5 | AC 20 T 13 FF 17 | HP 38/38 | F +4 R +7 W +4 | Init +9 | Perc +0 (Darkvision 60) | Sense Motive +8 | Performance 13/17

Reflex: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (20) + 6 = 26

Dagon dances out of the way of the electric attack, steps to the side, and tries to take the wand out of play.

Grease on the wand. DC 15 Reflex save or drop it.

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Ninja/Sorcerer/Arcane Trickster could work. You can use a ninja trick to vanish as a swift action, and you have good stat synergy with your Charisma (but wizard would get your level 2 spells faster).

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Finlanderboy wrote:

Orc bloodline is pretty awesome.

Darkivision is huge.

Yeah, darkvision. That's, uh, totally why I picked the Orc bloodline, guys...

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Nefreet wrote:

This actually belongs in the Rules Questions forum, as it's not a PFS-specific question.

He's talking about the Celestial Servant feat, from the Advanced Race Guide.

Last I recall seeing this come up, the CR of an Animal Companion was equal to the effective Druid level of the PC (though I may be mistaken).

That's what James Jacobs said in his thread at one point, and I don't know of any more recent or definitive word on the subject.

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Quote:
Making Call of Duty: Romance edition in nice pink box with hearts and flowers would, but no one is suggesting that.

"Cupid is back on the job! To fight against a world where superficial online interactions have left the world cynical, he's trading in his bow and arrows for a modern arsenal of 28 unique weapons, designed for maximum romantic carnage. The government wants him to stop, so he'll need all of it to get past armored tanks, take down enemy snipers, and eliminate the mutant super-soldiers sent to kill him. He won't rest until the city of New York is head-over-heels--or he'll die trying!

In stores Spring 2015."

I'd play it.

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I actually have a Tengu inquisitor of Norgorber, so he's a crow of murder. You should totally all worship Norgorber.

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