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RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 16. RPG Superstar 2013 Marathon Voter, 2014 Dedicated Voter. FullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 2,908 posts (3,461 including aliases). 1 review. No lists. No wishlists. 8 Pathfinder Society characters. 16 aliases.


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Why so much Wisdom? You shouldn't be relying much on save DCs, so you could probably tone it down to 16 or 14 even, and have more points left for Strength, Dex, or Int. Maybe move the racial bonus to Strength too.

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Revolving Door Alternate wrote:
RainyDayNinja wrote:

If he doesn't like the Fighter because he wants out-of-combat options, maybe he just needs some Int to get more skill points. I've got an archer with the Lore Warden archetype and 16 Int; with his FCB going to skills, that's 8/level. Good Knowledges for identifying monsters, plus Linguistics, and Spellcraft for identifying spells makes him quite useful before he even picks up his bow.

Well, I don't think a medium intelligence will be enough on its own. But I didn't think of lore warden. Isn't that mostly for combat maneuver builds?

I'll have to go re-read. I haven't looked at that one in a while.

It does boost CMB, but I don't take advantage of it (but the bonus to CMD never hurts). The issue is that he only gets light armor, so you'd want good Dex. Or you could save up for Elven Chain or a mithral breastplate + Armor Expert trait to get the protection of medium armor. Or take a 1 level dip into Barbarian or Ranger to pick up medium armor.

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If he doesn't like the Fighter because he wants out-of-combat options, maybe he just needs some Int to get more skill points. I've got an archer with the Lore Warden archetype and 16 Int; with his FCB going to skills, that's 8/level. Good Knowledges for identifying monsters, plus Linguistics, and Spellcraft for identifying spells makes him quite useful before he even picks up his bow.

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Depending on how the cleric/inquisitor is built, it looks like you'll already have two or three melee PCs and no ranged damage, so you might focus on ranged attacking and skills.

Alternatively, you could pick up the Effortless Aid talent and the Adopted trait to get the Helpful trait, for +4 Aid Another as a move action to assist your heavy hitters.

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CRB, Magic chapter wrote:

If you are affected by a spell while attempting to cast a spell of your own, you must make a concentration check or lose the spell you are casting. If the spell affecting you deals damage, the DC is 10 + the damage taken + the level of the spell you're casting.

If the spell interferes with you or distracts you in some other way, the DC is the spell's saving throw DC + the level of the spell you're casting. For a spell with no saving throw, it's the DC that the spell's saving throw would have if a save were allowed (10 + spell level + caster's ability score).

If you're facing a spellcaster, you could try a readied flare/acid splash/ray of frost/message/create water to force a concentration check when they try to cast. Message should work best (although you could make a case that it would only distract from spells with Verbal components), because it's not stopped by a save or SR, and it has medium range.

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Negative Zer0 wrote:
Whats the issue with bane and natural weapons?

It's not natural weapons that's the problem. It's that you only get the bonus on one weapon. There's a feat that lets you apply it to two weapons, but it uses up your rounds twice as fast.

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Negative Zer0 wrote:
@ Imbi how dose that hold up long term (pfs so through 12) since you cant enchant your claws?

You can, with an amulet of mighty fists. If you want to dump Strength, you can get it enchanted with the agile property and get it around level 4 if you make it a priority. It won't have a +1 enchantment to get through DR, but there's a judgment to make up for that. It's still terrible damage for the first few levels though.

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Yeah, you're taking a big hit on damage with only 8 Str, and you can't get an agile weapon for Dex to damage until at least late level 5. And Imbicatus is right about Piranha Strike.

I actually have a Tengu inquisitor with ECB that just got to level 3 in PFS. I built him like this:

14/17/12/12/16/7
Traits: Fate's Favored (a must), Reactionary
1: Weapon Finesse
3: Power Attack, Precise Strike

With 14 Strength, you get +3 to damage because you're using it two-handed, and you qualify for Power Attack to boost it more. Fate's Favored is a no-brainer trait for anyone casting Divine Favor.

I also took the Infiltrator archetype and Heresy inquisition, so he can still be a good face with dumped Charisma. I'll probably take Toughness at level 5 because he's light on the HP, but the Healing judgment goes a long way to make up for that.

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Ultimate Campaign allows for retraining class features. Ki powers are class features. So yes.

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Have you considered Wayang? They're legal now, and are the only small race without a STR penalty. They have +2 DEX/INT and -2 WIS, plus darkvision and a couple of good 1/day powers.

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No. Hardness is subtracted from energy damage as well. Plus, energy damage is halved against objects (although there's some debate regarding whether that's before or after applying hardness).

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@lucky7: I read the first few John Carter books, and they were good, but I doubt I'll go back.

@Limeylongears: I looked up the first Jandar book, but it seems more old-school than what I'm looking for. I tried one of Iain Banks' Culture novels, but the whole society seemed... cold and lifeless. Which of Ken MacLeod's books in particular do you recommend?

@Aaron Bitman: I've actually read most of those you mentioned in middle school or high school (except for The Andromeda Strain, and I didn't get far into Dune before giving up).

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Uncle Taco wrote:
RainyDayNinja wrote:
So I feel like I've been reading almost exclusively fantasy lately. Does anyone have any recommendations for good hard science fiction (preferably recent)?
Neptune's Brood by Charles Stross. Its a late-era Heinleinian space opera.

I already tried it when it came up for Hugo voting, and it just didn't click for me.

For reference, the only science fiction on my bookshelf is The Hitchhiker's Guide, some of the Sector General series, A Canticle for Leibowitz, and The Bladerunner (not related to the movie).

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So I feel like I've been reading almost exclusively fantasy lately. Does anyone have any recommendations for good hard science fiction (preferably recent)?

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RainyDayNinja wrote:


1)
1: "You, sir, remind me of someone I met during the extraordinary case of the Manchurian mambo."
2: *****, can I have a word? [pulls him aside] "I believe you mean the Manchurian mamba."
1: "Mambo, mamba. What's the difference?"
2: "Oh, very little, other than one is a deadly poisonous snake, and the other is a rather festive Caribbean dance."
1: [beat, then turns back] "It was a night like any other, when I heard a knock on my door. I opened it, and there were these Manchurians, doing a rather festive Caribbean dance."
...
"I'm going to give you some bullets; try not to shoot yourself. At least, not until I give the signal."
...
1: "Oh, he was very religious. Always quoting from the Psalms."
2: "Ah yes, the Psalms. One of my favorite books! The, uh, Bible, isn't it?"

2)
"I can curse if I want to! Damn, damn, hell, damn, tee-tee, poo-poo!"
...
"'I ride alone?' Rex, you're the most un-alone man I've ever met!"
...
"I'll have a glass of warm milk."
[bartender glares]
"Give me a sarsaparilla."
[bartenter glares]
"Look, is this one of those really tough bars?"
[bartender nods]
"Give me a tall glass of warm gin with a human hair in it."

3)
"I hate her crooked teeth. I hate her 1960s haircut. I hate her knobby knees. I hate that cockroach-shaped splotch on her neck. I hate the way she smacks her lips before she talks and I hate the way she sounds when she laughs... I HATE THIS SONG!"

I'll bump these some fresh quotes from these three movies, in case anyone new is looking:

1)
S: "I believe your father was abducted."
L: "Abducted? By whom?"
S: "Abductors!"

2)
1: "You missed? How could you miss?"
2: "We've never fired these guns before, he's at least fifty yards away, there's a definite cross-wind, and we've got the sun in our eyes!"
1: "...Just shoot, OK?"

3)
V: "...lately, your work performance seems to be... a little bit off."
T: "I'm not following."
V: "Okay, here's something that you wrote last week: 'Roses are red, violets are blue, f*** you whore.'"

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Andreas Forster wrote:
Swiftbrook wrote:
I also think that any class or archetype that starts out illiterate should be required to take at least one skill rank in linguistics at first level to be literate for the Pathfinder Society.
I actually find the idea of mission reports "written" in a series of pictures funny. The Decemvirate send their agents out to "read" a lot of cave paintings, so why shouldn't they do some interpretation work themselves :P

My brother did that in The Confirmation, but he was a half-orc bomber alchemist, so his pictures were mainly of explosions, and not terribly illuminating.

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I think LazarX has the right idea. A True Primitive can't read or write, but might still be quite gregarious and well-socialized. The Feral Child seems like it's just asking for disruptive role-play ("I sniff the diplomat's butt because I was raised by wolves! I take a dump in the potted plant because that's how bears do it in the forest! Aren't I hilarious, guys?")

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Any thoughts?

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Balanced Summoning wrote:
You maintain balance by calling on opposing forces when summoning. Whenever you cast a summon monster spell, you can summon two creatures from a single list 1 or more levels lower than the level of the spell. The two creatures must have alignments that are opposite along at least one axis (chaotic and lawful or evil and good). For example, if you cast summon monster III, you could summon a celestial wolf and a fiendish hyena from the 2nd-level list.
Superior Summoning wrote:
Each time you cast a summoning spell that conjures more than one creature, add one to the total number of creatures summoned.

If I combine these abilities, do I get 2 of one alignment and 1 of another? Or do they simply not combine?

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"The young lady with the uzi... is she single?"

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This rule must be here for SOME reason:

Quote:
If a class, prestige class, or a class feature-dependent ability score is altered: You may rebuild your character to its current XP, maintaining the same equipment.

So if it doesn't apply to the changes to the Warpriest, what kind of changes would it apply to? If changing the ability score that a class feature depends on doesn't qualify as "a class feature-dependent ability score is altered," then what does?

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Dwarf Sorcerer FCB: +1/2 to damage from acid spells.

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Nefreet wrote:
I believe the answer is no.

I agree the answer is probably no, but I don't see how it follows from that post. That was an answer to a question about specializing in a sub-school.

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Since the School Savant arcanist archetype can select a wizard school specialization, does that apply to the Thassilonian sin magic in Inner Sea Magic (I have the boon that lets me select those for a new character)?

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Play him as a wizard (that is, not getting into melee) until you can afford a wand of shield. Then use that as your first-round buff in any fight.

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Brian Lefebvre wrote:
Purple Fluffy CatBunnyGnome wrote:

It was easier to not have to seat GMs on top of players; my only minor issue is one that will not change ... as a shorter marshal being surrounded on all sides by players all clamoring for a seat.

Something for marshals to stand on would be awesome.

It might be possible to ask the players closest to you to take a knee, or bow down before the marshal, to help see the back of the crowd.

Only the penitent players shall pass...

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Natural 20's don't automatically succeed on skill checks. And natural 1's don't automatically fail on skill checks either.

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Michael Brock wrote:
Mike Bramnik wrote:
The last time I was able to look (between GMing tables and tweaking my back), the android was up to $500 - I'd love to find out just how high it went! (Bob and I had a small bet going on that...)
$750

Is that a record for the charity boons?

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James McTeague wrote:
RainyDayNinja wrote:
Getting my alchemist hit with Feeblemind in the final fight, but still killing the boss with Boots of Speed and a dagger (thank Nethys I didn't dump Strength!).
Was I running that for you? That sounds like what happened during my Fri morning slot of Technic Siege.

Yep, that was it.

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Hobbun wrote:


Being a part of the first party to defeat The Sealed Gate under this specific GM. He indicated he had run this scenario 4 times previously and either TPK’d the party or they just failed the scenario. And we did so with no party deaths.

Hey, I was there too! (I was the mounted oracle).

Getting my alchemist hit with Feeblemind in the final fight, but still killing the boss with Boots of Speed and a dagger (thank Nethys I didn't dump Strength!).

Getting to use my oracle's Axe Beak to its full effect in Where Mammoths Dare Not Tread (and do some scouting for her future level in Mammoth Rider).

Playing with a team of 4 MHI-inspired gangster gnomes.

Getting my first character to Seeker at Legacy of the Stonelords.

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Inquisitors (the class) from the APG are legal, but the inquisitions from Ultimate Combat are not.

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What's the parking like around Scotty's?

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Ooh, that Improved Parry might be what the doctor ordered for my Swashbuckler/Kensai.

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Purple Fluffy CatBunnyGnome wrote:
RainyDayNinja wrote:
Jiggy wrote:

/sigh

Ordered a messenger bag, tablet sleeve and water bottle from Amazon.

On the 2nd.

Still waiting on it.

Can't leave until then...

You sure they're going to show up today?

Anyway, I can bring a backpack and computer bag, if you want one. And I've got piles of water bottles from work.

peeks at pile

da bunny wikes gifts too

puts on her best big bunny face

You want some of my old, used, crumpled water bottles I brought home from work? OK, I guess...

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Jiggy wrote:

/sigh

Ordered a messenger bag, tablet sleeve and water bottle from Amazon.

On the 2nd.

Still waiting on it.

Can't leave until then...

You sure they're going to show up today?

Anyway, I can bring a backpack and computer bag, if you want one. And I've got piles of water bottles from work.

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cartmanbeck wrote:
(I'm betting that there will be an Android race boon at some point during this year...)

I'm not so sure about that. The new AR page doesn't have the "You must have a boon to play..." language for androids that the other boon races do.

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Purple Fluffy CatBunnyGnome wrote:
RainyDayNinja wrote:
I typically lug my huge laptop around to provide my PDF sources for PFS, but I'm thinking of downloading them all to my phone. But that means a last-minute trip to buy a portable phone charger; any suggestions?
phone stuff would mean less cords .. there is no guarantee that you will find a spot to plug it in and cords looping across the floor are a major hazard

Right. I usually don't have battery problems, because I rarely even have to pull out my laptop to provide a source. I just use the PRD app and browser on my phone, but I want to make sure it will last all day. So I'm looking for one of those external batteries I can plug my phone into instead of relying on a wall socket.

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I typically lug my huge laptop around to provide my PDF sources for PFS, but I'm thinking of downloading them all to my phone. But that means a last-minute trip to buy a portable phone charger; any suggestions?

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Joe M. wrote:

If there's a benefit to the society in keeping GMs from applying their GM credit to a lvl 1, I don't see it. (Which isn't to say there isn't one!)

I assume it's so they can't cherry-pick the high level boons they get (like that ioun stone with the free feat, or that free single item worth 1500 gp or less).

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Bump. Come on, nothing?

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Are there a Dex-based archetypes for the Bloodrager, a la the Urban Barbarian?

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Jiggy wrote:


Suggestions on the back-up snacks?

I've got a big bag of cocoa almonds, and I'll probably buy some apples too. Maybe some carrots and hummus (does hummus need to be refrigerated?).

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Oh, I'd forgotten about that one. That Fort save seems iffy to me though. How bad does that hurt in actual play?

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Bump. Nothing?

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Bumping this for the new releases today. In addition to the Advanced Class Guide, we have the Technology Guide, Occult Mysteries, People of the River, People of the Stars, and 3 chapters of The Mummy's Mask.

Everybody's been talking about the ACG, but is there anything drool-worthy in these other books?

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I recently got the boon that allows me to use the Thassilonian "sin magic" wizard schools, and I'm intrigued by the idea of focusing on Conjuration/Sloth and going into the Magaambyan Arcanist PrC to get the Aura of Good to use with Sacred Summons.

The trouble is that they only get an Aura of good, and not law or chaos, so the only monsters I can get with Sacred Summons are those with the Good subtype and NOT Law or Chaos. The Summon Good Monster feat adds a couple of options (the notable ones being Foo Dog at SM3 and Foo Lion at SM4).

Are there any other ways to expand my summon list to include more NG-aligned outsiders?

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Imbicatus wrote:
With the updated slashing grace, why not use a Katana or Falcata instead of wakizashi? The loss of piranha strike is offset by Dex to Damage, especially since you won't have a further to-hit penalty on top of the -2 from spell combat.

I'm already getting Dex to damage with the agile weapon property, so the only benefit to getting Dex to damage from a feat is saving myself that one weapon enchantment. But I'll definitely be scouring the ACG for goodies before I play her.

Taleek wrote:
I would be really intrigued to see how this turned out, since I am considering a similar character for a homebrew game. What about another level or two in Swashbuckler? It doesn't look like you're banking on spells quite that much.

What exactly would I gain from more levels of Swashbuckler that would be worth losing the spell progression?

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I hear there's an Inspired Swashbuckler archetype, which uses Int for stuff. Anybody care to spoil some details for it? I've already got a level 6 GM credit blob set to become a Swashbuckler/Kensai Magus, and this archetype might take her to the next level.

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Jiggy wrote:


3. Wrapping up my favorite character's two-year story (technically he'll be landing at 11.2 rather than 12.0, but still).

WHAAAAAT???!!! We planned this!

Oh well. I still get to finish off my Caves/Exploration domain, adopted by Dwarves, cleric of Torag's career by exploring a Sky Citadel. Yeehaw!

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Imbicatus wrote:
The OP would have been waiting for over two years now...

Gah! I didn't even notice that.

...but it got me thinking: a Wayang could make a good sneaky necromancer.

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