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RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 16. RPG Superstar 2013 Marathon Voter, 2014 Dedicated Voter, 2015 Star Voter. FullStarFullStarFullStar Venture-Lieutenant, Tennessee—Kingsport. 3,174 posts (3,993 including aliases). 1 review. No lists. No wishlists. 10 Pathfinder Society characters. 18 aliases.


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*** RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 16 , Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015 aka RainyDayNinja

Blood of Fiends doesn't place any restrictions on the race traits. They're just listed as legal, so it should be fine.

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Poorly-formatted curing weapon vs. spell-the-author-didn't-know-existed in a can

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I think I recognize this item from Bioshock Infinite.

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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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Sure are a lot of weapons that heal people.

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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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Phew. I thought I had two Star Wars items pitted against each other, but one of them just has an unfortunate naming coincidence.

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No, that's not how charges on a staff work.

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"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!"

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That's two fishing rods so far.

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Hey, I recognize this item from my own research into magical staves from real-world mythology.

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Deathmeat!

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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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Another cliche: Transferring conditions

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Most recently, he died from bad teammates. Like an Ezren pregen that decided to throw daggers instead of casting spells. Also a charging fiendish bison didn't help. The first time, he got swallowed whole, and the second time pounded into oblivion while trying to buy time.

I've got the ioun stone for attacks, but not the saves, I don't think. No clear spindle, since he's got insane Will saves against enchantment spells already. I don't remember about the Jingasa, but if not, it's high on his wish list.

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OK, that was a close one. I liked them both, but I had to downvote the one that auto-succeeded at what it did. Even though it was a relatively minor tactical advantage, it still should have allowed a check or save.

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Two items in a row that make you look like the thing you just attacked.

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Whoa, that item almost exactly copies half of my item's schtick. Good thing it was the boring half!

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

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No, that's not how that rule works. This is Pathfinder, not that other game.

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The +1 before the name means the weapon has a +1 enhancement bonus. This gives +1 to attack and damage rolls, but it should already be calculated into the stat block. The +10 refers to the total attack bonus; so that character attacks with that sword, he rolls 1d20+10 (as I said, this already includes the +1 from being a +1 [weapon]).

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OK, that item is gruesome, but hella cool.

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Yeah, I don't really want to switch to a different style chain. He doesn't have the prestige left (after 3 deaths) for retraining any feats. Likewise, I don't want to invest in Combat Reflexes to pick up Vicious Stomp.

Steel Soul is worth looking at, and it just occured to me that Greater Grapple might be worthwhile as well.

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Weird. My third or fourth pair is two sets of rings for romantic couples.

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Huh, I saw the same thing. Weird. A tiny bit of faith in humanity was just restored.

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I've got a monk, my very first PFS character, whom I haven't played in almost two years since his third death in a TPK at Con of the North 2013. In the meantime, I've put some GM credit on him to get him up to level 9, and I'm stuck on what feat to give him. His stats are something like this:

Dwarf
18/14/15/10/20/5
Monk of the Four Winds, Qinggong
Traits: Adopted by Gnomes - Rapscallion, Freedom Fighter
Feats: Dodge, Ironhide, Weapon Focus (unarmed), Shaitain Style, Improved Trip, Improved Grapple, Deflect Arrows

Ki Powers: Scorching Ray, Barkskin, Hydraulic Push

Key Gear: Shocking Amulet of Mighty Fists, +2 Wis headband, +2 Str belt, Bracers of Armor +2

My ideas for feats so far are:
-Shaitan Skin: I can combo it with Medusa's Wrath at level 10 to get extra attacks. Also, I can pick up Shaitain Earthblast at level 11 for cool stuff.

-Arcane Strike: It's a damage boost on a character who has lackluster damage, but the swift action cost conflicts with my ki abilities.

-Toughness: Because he's died 3 times already. Come on!

Any other thoughts?

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The Archaeologist doesn't have luck; he has "Archaeologist's Luck." The luck being referred to in that rule is from the Sleuth archetype for Investigators.

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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:

Quote:
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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Dieben wrote:

Try Battlecry, give out saving throw rerolls.

You can write your own phrase for it too!

That is a ballin' feat, but he'd need to either drop 5 skill ranks into Perform, or wait until level 7 to meet the BAB requirement.

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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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Ditto on swapping Iron Will for Steel Soul if you have the source book.

Personally, I think 16 Con is a bit overkill. If you tone it down to 14, you could boost Dex to 14 or Str to 17, and I'd also suggest dropping Cha to 7 to get Int up to 12.

The slayer is probably a better choice for PFS, because a ranger might go a while without seeing a favored enemy.

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Some of my discarded ideas were:

-A shield that you powered up by spending rounds of rage
-A magical blowgun/poisoned sand tube that would make poisons more effective (but I couldn't come up with any other abilities that didn't fit better for a wondrous item)
-A staff that could be activated and recharged by spending uses of martial flexibility, inspiration, and/or panache. But I could never put together a spell list I was satisfied with.

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I submitted last night. Currently doing a last-minute workshop with a third brother. Going for a dynasty.

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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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I'd go with Swashbuckler, because that Precise Strike will be crucial to keeping your damage up. I'd also highly recommend a race with a racial SLA, so you can qualify for Arcane Strike to bypass DR/magic and hit incorporeals. Wayang would be good (Dex bonus, small size with no Str penalty), or Nagaji, if you're OK with higher Strength and lower Dex. An elf with the Envoy alternate racial trait would work well also.

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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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Keep in mind that spells are capitalized (first word only) in the lists for staves.

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I'd add another one: It should do something new, not just give you plusses to things you can already do.

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Another predicted cliche: Weapons/armors that adapt to always give you the bonuses you want. I expect a few +1 whatever-you-happen-to-be-fighting-at-the-moment bane swords.

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Jacob Trier wrote:

Incidentally, a +5 competency bonus was also so common among items in previous contests that it evolved into a running joke with the voting crowd. Think long and hard before you add a +5 bonus, especially a competence bonus to your item.

Yeah, and a lot of those +5 bonuses were to things like Profession (farmer)... as if a farmer who had 10000 gp to spend would invest in becoming a marginally more competent farmer, rather than retiring in luxury.

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Longstrider is good, and maybe Residual Tracking as well (though that may be better as a few scrolls instead).

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Genuine wrote:

I have to say that I was dying to make a rod that allowed the wielder to use Force Hook Charge as part of a melee full attack (i.e. give up one of your iterative attacks to make a ranged melee attack for the spell).

It would be a blast to use, and I was really close to convincing myself that it wasn't both a spell-in-a-can and class-feature-in-a-can; which doesn't even take into account the likelihood that my inspiration would be noticed. :)

I went with something else, but a hook-shot item would just be way to cool.

This is why you should look at previous years' entries. There was a Top 32 one year called the batrachian helm which had a hookshot-type effect, but it was a frog's tongue.

Also, last year I had to point out to someone that their wondrous item was really just a hookshot.

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Out of morbid curiosity, how long after the contest opened did it take for someone to submit something of the correct item type(s)?

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They are weapons, so I think the judges would be hard-pressed to call it grounds for disqualification or anything like that. But on the other hand, would many people really get excited about a unique siege weapon? It's not something PCs are going to want to invest in, usually.

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Hmm. There are a couple of unique siege engines in Golarion lore. I don't see why that couldn't be an entry.

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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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Instead of trying to buy gear on a shoestring budget, suggest playing We Be Goblins Too, or GMing a game so you can apply one or two credits without actually playing with him.

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