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Goblin Squad Member. Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 329 posts (350 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 alias.




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So I was reading through Mythic Adventures and I reached the Mythic Saving Throws entry and was a bit confused. The line that threw me off is "If you fail a saving throw that results from a mythic source, you take the full effects as normal." Does that mean if you fail a saving throw from a non mythic source you take half effect if the spell allows?


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Just wanted to quickly touch base. I moved recently and apparently flubbed on changing the billing address for my card so my bank flagged this months charge and you couldn't process it. I cleared that up and the helpful IT person at my bank cleared that authorization. To prevent future hiccups I went and updated my payment method to reflect the most current information and it authorized immediately. I assume you guys wouldn't double charge me for a single shipment, but I wanted to check in since my account is showing two separate authorizations.


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So I'm prepping for CotCT and one of my players is planning on playing a Sable Company Marine. I started doing some research to help flesh out their character and noticed that it says in Guide to Korvosa, any human can reach the rank of General and non humans can reach Major. Only one hiccup, what rank system is in use? This raised a further question does Paizo use the modern day rank system for it's military organizations or does it change from organization to organization. The Korvosan Guard is another military structured group that has a Field Marshal as it's leader. I could create a ranking table for these different organizations, but I'd much prefer to have some input before I do. And a big request that future Military type organizations get some sort of Rank/Chain of Command sidebar so players/GMs interested in them don't need to freehand such things.

I'm currently thinkings of it ranking as such for the Sable Company.

Commandant
General
Colonel
Major
Captain
Lieutenant
Sergeant
Corporal
Private


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I would love for someone from En to weigh in, but is there a way to get a little cleaner look at some of the information for the setting. I had to do a document search to see if there was a reference to halflings or gnomes. Halflings popped up once and Gnomes didn't pop up at all. Some sort of racial entries type set up would have been wonderful. I felt that the opening section was doing a good job of "you want this race check this section" but partway through it dropped several races from the core pathfinder book namely halflings and gnomes. I assume halforcs are over in Ber.

That's about my only pet peeve was not being able to find quick info on which nation has which race and such.

EDIT: Something I also noticed Dragonborn do not exist in Pathfinder, neither do Goliath or Shifters. Obviously one can scrap those and make it almost entirely orc populated toss in goblins, hobgoblins, and bugbears to round things out. And Minotaurs can always be doctored to better fit a Pathfinder game.


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I couldn't find who was running the game listed in the schedule so my quick question is about Characters. Do we need to make and bring our own, if so what character gen rules are we using. If materials are provided that's fine as well, just really wanted to be prepared for my first game of the con. Thank you and have a good day!


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I was just curious if anyone else seems to be experiencing any technical difficulties with the event trading. Also I was curious about A) How it works, and B) If I trade does my buddy get traded as well?


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Let me say that I love the concept of a Words of Power or Truespeech type casting system. Tome of Magic was one of my favorite splats thanks to the Truenamer. With that said I'm a bit sad that the Words of Power system is while neat, not what I was hoping for. The system seems to favor prep casters like the wizard in that they can add additional words just like they add new spells. That's great for the Wizard who can learn all 18 of the first level spells and then perfectly concoct spells for his planned day. The spontaneous casters, unless they dump a lot of feats on Extra Word, end up with 5. I was really hoping for a system that let a Spontaneous caster have a similar flexibility to some of the prep casters.

There are 34 word groups with anywhere from 3 to 9(summoning obviously followed by 7 time and 6 fire) words in them. The idea of 6 words for fire bothers me a bit I can almost accept the necessity. Until I think about the target words and then I'm a little sad that I can't just go "Target Word" to dictate what kind of spell either a single target nuke or a aoe and then "Fire" and possibly a meta word.

The Meta word idea is very similar to the Sudden Metamagics from 3.5 and I loved those things. So with a limited number of times per day why do I still need to increase the level of my Wordspell? I enjoyed the explanation of it being more primal than the modern wizards and caster which is why it isn't as "precise", but at the same time having to burn a 6th level slot to cast a 4th level spell is a large penalty in my book as it effectively says "I have to crank more power out than you do to do the same thing".

It's an interesting system and I think it could be a lot of fun in a restricted setting. I guess my few concerns are that the metas tend to boost a spell to be like an already printed spell, but also knock it up to consume a level higher than the one it simulates. Also the fact that there are so many words that a Wizard and other spellbook oriented casters come out on top for flexibility by having more words available to create with. I realize that the system is done and printed, but I was wondering if someone else felt that the Flexibility just isn't quite as flexible as it could have been. Following the table that I just can't find right now dealing with Spell damage by Level, you could have 1 word per element and use that as the damage rule. Maybe that was a 3.5 thing.


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The Battle Herald gets the Banner ability of the Cavalier which gives a morale bonus to a few of the same things that the Inspire Courage ability gives boosts to. So I know that under normal circumstances morale bonuses don't stack, however will the bonuses to charges that the banner give apply if those in the area happen to also be benefiting from inspire courage. I don't see too huge of an issue. I was just curious if they shouldn't stack for any reason I can't see.


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In the Thunderstorm entry in the rules section for weather it mentions that lightning should occur every minute for a 1 hour period during the eye of the storm. So my question is how do you determine if it actually hits someone? It's great that there's lightning every minute but the odds of being hit by lightning once are about 1 in 750,000. So with those odds the chance that you get hit repeatedly in the same storm seems incredibly unlikely. I'm just trying to get a better feel on the weather rules and it seems like some things are just "oh yeah and then there's this". I'm capable of just handwaving certain things, but I'd love some community input.


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Hopefully players will see the GM only tag and stay out. To start with I'll be running this AP for my Pathfinder group and I'm thinking there may need to be some GM handwaving when it comes to trust gain. Looking through the first book counting it up there are a total of 13 points obtainable in the adventure and in the article. Obviously you can inflate that with roleplay such as the suggestions of respecting the villagers, helping them out and other such things. I then re checked and noticed that every time the sun sets they lose 1 point of trust, any time someone dies they lose 1 if it happens to be their fault it's a whopping 6. So I have some ideas I'm working on in order to help the PCs actually get their trust score up to the point where it may even be possible to hit 31 trust. As it stands now it just seems that unless they hit that trust level, which requires a ton of events to happen practically right after they arrive, they probably won't see the 31 point trust level or even the 26 trust point.

Trust Gain List:

1 talking down the mob in the restlands
1 giving an impressive speech at burial
2 stop the desecration without killing Gibs
1 befriending the children
3 Saving the Town Hall
1 Saving at least 1 villager from the fire
(those are from the adventure)

4 revealing the Ioun Stone to the moneylenders
(ravengro article)


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Maybe I messed this up but when I opened the file all it was is that page we see right there listing the credits.... I'm thinking that's probably not all that should be in the file.


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My copy of War of the River Kings PF #35 came today with the bottom back of the book completely bent out of shape, it looks like someone stuck the package in a car door and attempted to close it repeatedly. I opened it and 2 of the pages tore as they had been bent into each other. Both the Kaer Maga book and Map Folio seemed to have offered up the AP as a body shield to protect themselves, as the damage to City of Strangers is quite minor and there was none on the map folio. I was wondering if I could ship you back PF #35 and get it replaced.


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I just noticed as I was perusing the entries for Worg and Wolf in my copy of the Bestiary and noticed that for some reason the Worg is slower than the Wolf. My initial reaction was, wait that can't be right. So I hopped on my laptop and opened by PDF to see if it confirmed, and lo it's the same there as in the print. I wonder if it was done that way for a reason or if it was just a mistake. It doesn't seem like the Worg who is essentially an evil and intelligent wolf to be slower than his less intelligent kin. If I'm off my rocker please tell me so it just struck me as odd.


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Hi my name is Robert Jordan and I'm a theater geek. Being a theater geek I only have one thing to say, PLEASE tell me you filmed the performance of Rise of the Runelords: Burnt Offerings. I live in South Carolina so traveling out to Portland isn't exactly a doable thing for me on my meager income. As such I wish to say I hope you filmed it because I think it would be amazing for more people besides those capable of making it to the theater to see it.

It's truly awesome what you accomplished I just wanna be a part of it even if it is just as a fan.

Sincerly,
Robert Jordan


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Hi! This is the first time I've had any issue with a shipment from you guys, I just received this order with my Bestiary, Book of the Damned vol. 1 and Seekers of Secrets. Both the two soft cover books are absolutely fine unfortunately my Bestiary looks like it too a solid hit to the upper right corner of the book. I'm uncertain if it was dropped or caught on something but the corner is bent. I was wondering if there was a way I could maybe ship you guys back the damaged bestiary for one that hasn't been knocked around the block. Under normal circumstances a little bit of damage doesn't bother me, but with a book of this cost and caliber I cringe when I open it and feel the damage with my fingers.

I don't think this happened while it was in your care the box it was in seems to have suffered at the hands of the US postal service, I think the reason my soft covers escaped a similar fate is that they are smaller and were situated in the middle of the box leaving the poor bestiary to defend itself. (also not sure if it matters it looks like the printer's machine had a little accident on page 272, apparantly Varguilles have ink glands).

I've seen how great the customer service is with this company and look forward to hearing from you.


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Ok normally I do everything I can before I admit to being epic fail, but I've given up on myself in regards to this stuff. I have friends on the west coast who haven't played in a game for about 2 years now so I was looking to try and do something for them through one of the titles programs. I was considering Against the Giants so I went to the Wotc website and downloaded the map packs for said adventure, but I can't seem to get the grid to line up. The scale is 10 feet per square so I attempted to adjust the grid lines in the program to divide them into a more typical 5 foot square map. I think these easy to use programs may have me defeated in regards to map adjustment. So I was wondering if any of the good people here happen to use these two programs and if so what kinda suggestions does the community have. Also is there a program that people suggest over those two or are they considered top of the heap in regards to virtual table tops.


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Ok I could have sworn I saw something on this question way back when but I can no longer find it. Why is Spring Attack a pre-req for Whirlwind Attack if you can't use them at the same time? I believe there was an old "ask the sage" on Wotc that addressed it, but I can't find it. I know that reading the feats you can't use them at the same time and if that's the case why would Spring attack be a pre-req typically the pre-reqs make sense and this is really the only one that bothers me.

In that old ask the sage I believe it was decreed you could use both at the same time.


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My girlfriend and I haven't played by post in a while, but we're looking for a game that is starting fresh. Pathfinder RPG one of the first two APs is what we'd love for it to be, using beta and switching to the final when it comes out. I am currently running the Legacy of Fire AP and we'll both be playing in a Second Darkness game starting in 2 weeks. So any ap other than those two are fair game! I check the forums often so post a reply here or hit me at my email

my email

email:
Draconius@aol.com


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So my group just wrapped up Howl of the Carrion King and they managed to befriend Undrella during the course of the adventure. She took an abrupt interest in our 1/2 orc barbarian with all of his "manly muscles". The player of said barbarian instead of reacting with repulsion, I showed them the picture of her, was immediately infatuated. So of course he's chosen the Romantic Interest downtime option which leads me to an awkward question. What happens if a 1/2 orc knocks up a harpy? Is it even possible? He's practically rooting for a family so it's tempting to give him one. Looking for a few thoughts on the matter.


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I'm very interested in the city state of Alkenstar. Frankly I think that the layout of the city sounds damn cool with the huge spires and multiple bridges high above the ground and the fact that they have no magic makes things interesting. A few things that would make me happy is to know A)When we may see some kinda splat, through the companion or chronicles, about Alkenstar and B) If it were possible to learn more about Gunmarshals before then! A friend is looking at running one of the APs (he's not sure which) and depending on which one it is I was looking at a gunslinger character, the problem I'm having is I'm not sure how the Gunmarshals have been envisioned. Are they duster wearing, pistol slinging, horse riding gunmen straight out of our wild west movies or are they going around in armor toting rifles and such. Both are extremely cool, but I admit to liking the idea of the duster wearing style more. My assumption is that the Gunmarshals are fighters and not rangers or some other class. Really I'd just love to see an "unofficial" blurb with more information about Gunmarshals.

Besides the Marshals


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