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Side story: One of the things I've worked to establish in games I help organize is a general feeling of safety. This generally means feeling comfortable, having good venues, and being aware of the audience. It's making sure that female, and male, players feel safe to play and to have a good time.
I remember once upon a time, we'd been about to add an organizer to one of the groups I helped run. I explained he could choose any venue he wished, so long as it: was clean and well-lit, and felt safe.
After that, he took a second, and third look at different venues he'd been thinking of. The local coffee shop made the list, some folks' houses did...a local gaming store did not, which was one the spots he'd originally thought of.
Comfort is a big thing. He later thanked me for bringing it up--he'd never thought of it in that context.
Keeping a comfortable environment and game doesn't mean fluffy bunnies--but it does mean being cognizant of others. For example, we still played Cards Against Humanity--just never at a time someone had brought their kids.
As for rape... There are fewer topics that have players coming up and saying: that guy makes me really uncomfortable. Are all the players like that? Or, that guy is creepy. If he's here, I apologize as I've enjoyed your games, but I'm not coming back so long as he plays.
Or, they just don't say a thing. ...and leave, never to come back. That's the worst, because you never get the chance to make it better. The important takeaway is to not expect many gamers to be comfortable with it, and if you're in a crowd, you're better off not.
Another important takeaway is this: arguing "they shouldn't be so sensitive" doesn't change just how uncomfortable rape makes many people. It is equally important to understand how creepy appearing to argue in "support of" rape can make the arguer appear.
If this is something that you as a person don't understand--instead of arguing, please accept it works this way with others. Don't argue the point, but say: I'm sorry, and move on, without that element in the game. Otherwise, you'll risk being labeled as "that creepy guy".
Talk with the other players, also. Ask them not to play glass canons or if they do, to be mindful of some form of defense and not charge first thing. You're not there to be a battery.
If the DM is shoe-horning you, a reasonable request would be to ask for one of those channeling headbands for free or at least reduced--it raises your channels by 2d6. This way, you are channeling less often.
I've let players earn ranks in what are usually considered "flavor" skills: craft, profession, and even perform.
However, with one addition: craft and profession may be used as knowledge and social skills within their specific niche. The idea there is a wheelwright's skill at his or own profession can represent their ability to interact also with their direct peers, as well as knowledge of the craft.
This has worked fairly well, and doesn't touch the "big skills" (perception, acrobatics, stealth, spellcraft).
It has the side benefit of enabling classic tropes like the dwarven weaponsmith who is respected and knowledgeable among his own trade, but not really anywhere/anyone else.
Some good points, here.
Also, generally speaking a DMPC or GMPC (they're just different words due to, I think, copyright) is a red flag. It's a red flag usually because it's led to the type of behavior you're describing. So, to the above advice: accept it is likely to become awkward in the campaign he's running, if you choose to stay in it. He may end up shifting the campaign to be mostly about his PC.
...Which is the other reason it comes up as a red flag at most tables.
If it does, you may wish to communicate with the other players. How do they handle it?
Finally, if your players are more interested in hack'n'slash, you might consider a game of that sort. I know that is not what you want to hear, but.
An alternative would be to drop awards for roleplay solutions in a more public manner. People tend to respond to rewards, and I've found many gamers to be very goal-oriented.
To be fair, that's a separate argument--classes existing only as set of rules or as designed along a theme with an intended style. This thread is asking something different.
If you'd like to tackle that, let's take it to a different thread?
The idea of new classes existing to expand not only a general or mechanical niche, but a *genre* niche is an I've explored some, and wondered if anyone else had as well. That is, if we look around us to film and literature, "alternate" forms of fantasy have been on the rise for some time. It seems logical that Pathfinder would expand our alternate fantasy options as well.
What is meant by "alternate fantasy"? Alternate fantasy is the use of traditional fantasy elements such as elves or trolls, and adding a twist. For example, urban fantasy takes classic, fantasy characters and rethemes them in the modern era. Steampunk, an older form of alternate fantasy, or even Dieselpunk, present additional, fun settings for our classic fantasy genre. Elves in stovepipe hats, for example.
These genres are established enough now that it's also possible to retrograde them...for example, shifting steampunk fantasy concepts and ideas into a more classical knights and castles environment is easy to do and may not seem as strange as it once was. With a little alteration it's possible to take that elf with the stovetop hat, add artifice-themed trains, and toss in a few more fantasy swords and armor. Alternately, take the "feel" of urban fantasy where things are more hidden and gritty--and apply it to settings with castles and knights. In the end, you still gain the feel of Mr. Stovetop, but in a more traditional-compatible setting.
Or, your DM just runs Steampunk outright.
In the end, it seems as though many new classes in PF are crafted to diversify its genre options beyond the traditional West or East fantasy additions we've seen in previous editions. For example:
Victorian Fantasy: Investigator, Alchemist, Vigilante (the blooded noble, hero by night)
I'm a little under the weather at the moment, but this is just off the top of my head. This doesn't even mention the airship rules, for example, that I seem to recall poking around somewhere.
What do you think?
What other themes do you see, made available by the new classes?
And, would you work these alternate genres into your game--or have you made use of these new options in an "alternate fantasy" ...fantasy game? That just replaces the base Western or Eastern fantasy assumptions outright?
Some of Pathfinder has made the shift from a more classic fantasy to a more urban fantasy tint. Not an absolute shift, but more "providing the option." I see the vigilante as part of that.
With classes like the alchemist, gunslinger, and vigilante, you could recreate some of your classic urban fantasy stories--though the setting would be more towards the fantasy end of things, ofc.
Something like the vigilante may exist to let Pathfinder have a broader reach.
Is it intended for monsters to grab -> constrict -> release -> grab -> constrict in one attack sequence?
Only intelligent critters would do it. Animals grab and hold on.
Maybe, maybe not? It depends on how you view 'release'. Release could just be letting go fast enough to get a better kill grip as the prey weakens--because you're going to grab them again and again and again from an increasingly better position each time.
When killing smaller prey, a dog might grab, then shake hard. The prey is disoriented, so they quick-release or even quick-drop to shift grip now that they have access to a more tender body part, grab, shake hard, rinse and repeat. Whatever it is will be dead within a few rounds of this.
"Hey, human, look, look! I brought us breakfast! I am the BEST!!!"
"...haha, just kidding! It's all mine!"
<The squirrel stares at you with silent and accusing black eyes.>
No, I honestly appreciate their work.
I've also been fortunate enough to see the new monk in actual play, and it's doing great.
Our local groups are pretty excited, and I know of around 30 or so people who are enjoying it. Another person came by today to borrow my book, and is looking to convince her DM to let her update her character.
Maybe it's different in your area. Couldn't say.
Loving what I hear so far. The spell smashing ability would be easy enough to add in, and raging vitality is a simple edit. When you take something and "unchain" it, I expect there to be some quirks.
Thank you for a tasteful fix to rage cycling, and rebalancing the powers.
I'm going to be watching threads to see what issues crop up (or don't), as I suspect there may be some pieces that quirk a bit when put together.
I love the concept of the rogue as a debuffer or strategic combatant. That said, I'd also be interested to see how these boosts affect their damage, etc.
Something in me wants them to be that medium track--not a King Damage class, but a more utilitarian one with strategy, and sneakery, built in, in an interesting and fun way.
It's for this reason I was thrilled when the rogue was effectively "split" into several classes. For too long, it's seemed as though folks were arguing for "master of x" role (see: slayer, swashbuckler, investigator), but there were too many things the rogue was "supposed to" be the master of.
The rogue wore too many hats, and didn't have its own identity--yet, many conflicting ideals over what it SHOULD be.
Regarding some of those concerns, I really would <3 to see a damage comparison to the fighter, slayer. The rogue mostly hurt for accuracy and opportunity; it looks as though both were aided and dependencies reduced...how did it change the other numbers? Any discussion, here?
Really looking forward to seeing the Unchained monk.
Also, thank you guys for considering some of the "number shiftiness" in designs, and working to streamline it out.
From what's being said, I'm curious about the barbarian. That is, I've some concern on how Unchained barb will work with future content--and will it require adjusting old content, and if so, how much?
The old adage about not taking a dump where you live comes to mind.
It isn't smart.
Talk with the player out of game. Post that, if he doesn't want to be part of the group, see about switching to the god of mercantile.
First, no, don't craft for him except at a raised rate. Say he gets 90% while the rest get 75 or at-cost. This is a great way to shift wealth back to you, where you can resdistribute. In addition, any spellcasting he receives, he pays for through NPC pricing to you, with additional "roaming costs" if you're in an inconvenient location, time of day, or in combat. Count your funds religiously so he can't bluff paying you.
Likewise, charge for any services. If he refuses, get him blackballed at your temple.
Nickel and dime him as a means to get your funds back, in other words. If he's robbing you once, you can balance the scales through fees, fines, and interest rates.
Don't forget the interest rates and additional "roaming fees."
Durngrun Stonebreaker wrote:
Anybody remember the time people found out that Chik-Fil-A donated money to groups that advocated for the execution of homosexuals and then social media caused a huge boycott that drove them out of business?
A true story that I would appreciate further investigation on.
Not long past, near where my father had worked, a Chik-fil-A was being built. Curious, he walked over there one evening to say hello to the workers and ask how things were going.
To make a long story short and abbreviate some steps inbetween, he ended up introduced to a number of the workers. Most of them did not speak English. One out of ten did, because that is what you needed to coordinate efforts--someone to translate the orders for everyone else, per group.
They told him this was the usual arrangement, and showed him the trailer where they were kept. Inside the trailer was a cage wall.
The idea was this: they were forced to live/work around the clock on the job site, then were packed away and shuttled to the next job site to work the same hours, under the same conditions. This is how Chic-fil-A (and perhaps other companies) build so fast.
The men couldn't speak English, were watched constantly, and were continually moved around, so they had no protections against the treatment and long hours.
He told me the men were desperate to share their story, in hopes someone would listen.
This wasn't some random person. This was my father, and it is a tale told within the last two years. I'd appreciate anyone else who has spoken with these workers, and invite y'all to share the tale.
Sometimes they who yell the loudest about values...
Have skeletons of their own.
Howdy. Not trying to imply that they do. I'm actually agreeing--with more extreme views, it tends to be a very small number.
Probably folks who use alias-inflation, too: small numbers.
...but the loudness and aliasing can make things seem bigger than they actually are.
Your story is a very good reminder that sometimes it's good to step back, and take a closer look.
Requoting because it definitely pays to check aliases, though some of these guys make puppet accounts, also.
Another thing to do is check tone and style, as well as how quickly the posts occur. If these three elements match up, it may be a puppet account.
For the more extreme views on anything, there tend to be a smaller number who are very, very loud. That is true about most anything.
I would send a polite thank you, and move on.
Doing the above will convince them that you're the antisocial powergamer they seem to think you are. It's a bad move. Also, it's going to come across as rude and condescending.
This is true even if you do not mean to be. I'm not pointing this out to be mean at all, by the way.
A polite note with a thank-you attached is the way to go.
Yeah. I'd start reporting the guy to the authorities, and follow up with the potions.
You could sell him to a wizard as a skillmonkey familiar. Just attach a tail.
What you might also do is work with the other members of the group, and deny him healing so long as he does this. It's amazing how effective that is.
If you're not allowed to kill him, you can still knock him out, repeatedly, and leave him behind on adventures. Did he spend points in tracking?
I'd also point out that things like diplomacy and so on working on other PCs is a house rule. I forget the source, but it's in there somewhere.
If the group is otherwise good, and they just aren't dealing with this guy...I don't know, man.
I just wanted to chime in here. Summoner was an ambitious attempt to create something new. They did a great job...but it needs revised, because it was so ambitious and different. There are a few dev comments on these boards to that effect, and even an outright "It's broken" quoted I believe, at a convention.
Pathfinder Unchained will address the Summoner (May 5th) for that reason. ...so, if this continues to eat up more of your time, require additional adaptions, actions or house rules--you might issue a stay until the revised class comes out, or at least state your intent to swap once it does.
4. You could also institute "bennies" for positive behavior. Being a good team member* during a session is worth one bennie, for example. Getting into a shouting match with the DM/other players isn't.
Bennies could be used for adding a 1d6 to a roll at opportune times.
This is another play on--being a good player makes your character better.
* There's some good guidelines for play posted here and there on these boards. I'd gather some of those up perhaps, and base such a system on them.
Just wanted to echo a few others--trying to beat a minmaxer at their game will just grant them justification for what it is they're doing: See, see?? This is the type of things we face! and so on.
There are a few approaches. Here's some of my favorites:
Tim the Sluggy wants to go beat up some guards just to show he can, and no one else in the party is in on it...Well, let a few rolls decide the outcome, then move on. Don't dwell on it and give the guy the spotlight.
(I realize some might disagree with my example, and there may be some times to beat up guards, but we're assuming the instance is an overall part of a greater behaviour problem.)
Minmaxers like to "win." Turn "winning" into the behavior you want to see makes them want it, too.
There are players who will decide descriptive doesn't matter if it isn't backed up by rules.
There are players who disregard descriptive altogether and say that descriptive and rules are completely separate.
It depends on who you're playing with.
I would tend to have descriptive and rules match, but do so in an overall way with broad strokes. Not everything needs rules added to it, because that gets insane.
I'd mostly remove sneak attack, and then rework the class to focus on debuffs.
The skill system needs reworked also.
Anonymous Visitor 163 576 wrote:
Hey there. While this is good and well-intended, I wanted to add that following the "write down everything" guidelines too far can cause a worse issue when in this case what is important is the spirit of the game. Your "spirit of the game" isn't to pin down everything and interpret it to the nth degree no matter what.
Discuss as the poster said, yet focus more on outlining your house rules in general, then follow with a conversation about how to interpret rules in the future (RAI versus RAW, etc.). It will likely require more than one conversation before he "gets" it. However, and this is important: ensure that the player knows he will not be screwed over. ...and that you encourage discussion, but that railroading the game into a rules argument that takes over an entire session is not just bad behavior, it's unwelcome at the table.
How you respond should be within the spirit and intent of how you intend to play.
Just be sure he isn't punished for not knowing...and that he understands your group's expectation of behaviour at the table.
I would probably also set a limit to how objections are handled, as well as lawyering. That is, it may be brought up once in session and must be brought up politely. Details are reviewed after session whenever possible, and if the DM says no, accept it and move on, or find another table.
Pretty much what it says. Has there been any discussion or commentary by any past or present developers on increasing (or not) the skill points per level for the 2/level classes?
I understand that the skill points per level will not change in this edition.
I'm looking for if there had been commentary, or if this might be addressed in Unchained.
I found reference to some commentary but have had no luck tracking it down thus far.
Any help would be appreciated.
I have always been the fan of this mod:
At chargen, select either Dex or Str to handle:
* AC bonus
The other then handles:
* To-hit bonus
...and so on. Once assigned, this may not be changed. If they chose Str for their Ref bonus, etc. package, it could be explained as being strong enough to move more quickly (70 and 20 year olds will move their legs about the same rate and pattern; it's the force with which they strike the ground and then lift off that has the greater impact on their speed).
DnD encouraged me to learn math as a kid.
I can see a use for this feat. Most of them involve sneaky ways to encourage a kid (or yourself) to get better at math.
- A kid might try it because you told them "man, no one can do this!" just to prove you wrong
Result: Kid learns better math concepts, and gets immediate benefit
With respect to others, extreme Individualism vs Collectivism reminds me too much of today's political debates.
Here are some additionals:
The Value of Karma: Due to a bad agreement, all souls are doomed for hell, or heaven is just picky. In this system, there really is a weights and measures system. Heroism is one method.
Mixed Mythology: Heaven and Hell are a mythology crafted by the human dreamstate. Therefore, you have multiple Heavens and multiple Hells. The power of the mortal is really the power of its dreaming state and imagination, which causes such things to be real and is one of the reasons that all forms of Hell quest for the mortal soul. This does not mean that good or evil do not exist; only that while the core of them may be similar, the particulars vary from place to place, and the actual, living mythologies enforce it.
Right to Destiny: A different take on the above could be that Hell was the original creators, but the mortals, once slaves, were able to dream themselves free. This is the true value of the soul: to give dreams energy and power, over time. (Because this happens over time, how or if you have this mechanic fit into the game world is up to the DM).
It was then that mortals created Heaven. Heaven was the wish of all their dreams and wants. It is perhaps: A pure realm that Hell fights against their achieving by draining their souls and in the meantime, they're stuck in this middle, or only partly-achieved state. Alternately, perhaps heaven is too pure of a realm, and mortals find themselves doubly trapped. Even more alternately, heaven-as-made-by-mortals is really mixed up (some people are just twisted, and this was created by the shared dreams of -everyone-). It can save them from Hell, but is it worth it?
Heaven as Pure Ideas, Hell as Impure Fragments: In this, Heaven represents the purest form of creation, the purest forms of philosophy, of ideals, concepts, and ideas. The plane of fire might as well be one of Heaven's many parts. Most of Heaven is unviewable by mortal eyes, and is incomprehensible to the uncleansed body. Hell becomes the unworkable, castoff fragments of these ideals, who over time, go mad on their own. It is merely a consequence of creation and nothing is to be done for it. Think of it as the leftover parts of a sculpture, as broken clocks, untruths, as a shattered landscape and the fallen buildings of an architectual failure.
The war of mortals then is to protect their own plane of existence. While imperfect, the Mortal Realm is comprehensible to them, it is livable and new creations (from Heaven, this place of pure concept, etc.) filter downwards and generally do not harm them.
However, the leftovers do, these bits of bitter, useless leftover creation who did not "make the cut." Mortals train themselves to combat these fragments. The nature of the Mortal Realm, with its position between the Pure and the Impure, makes it the perfect battleground.
Faithwise, this world could be very practical with "what is good" being focused on local customs or survival...or it could worship ideals, which Heaven embodies. Good would be honoring what is Ideal and rebuking what is Corrupt of that Ideal. For example, an engineer would strive to embody and honor true design and strong safety measures, while rebuking what caused buildings to crumble. An engineer warped by Hell would infuse buildings with flaws, or build bridges to fall.
An artist could be both a savior and a sinner. On the one hand, an artist might use art as war, reclaiming fallen structures and giving them purpose. On the other, a deconstructivist would stand for exactly the opposite: tearing down what was once Ideal and rending it to rubble.
Back to the original topic...
Don't forget Hunter's Surprise.
I just wanted to add to this in a somewhat tangential way. Kirk Hamilton recently reviewed Kotaku's own policies and approach, as well as reviewing a related Wired article on the topic (handling internet trolling).
Quote from Wired Article wrote:
...there's more there, including how the focus on and treatment of an online space as a "community, so act like it" is one of the more effective measures you can have against negative behavior, combined with "those solutions which defuse the Internet’s power to amplify abuse but also encourage crucial shifts in social norms."
Nice! I must have missed them. I know one of the frequent grumps I'd run into regarding Plant Shape was the perceived lack of regeneration effects, and looking through I hadn't noticed any. I did see more fast healing, though. Perhaps this will help.
When I was looking through the Plant Shape spell, I started wondering if while it was being written, the author might've put down "Regeneration" when they'd meant "Fast Healing."
Since some plants have fast healing, and none (to my knowledge, though this might have changed) have regeneration, this seems like a reasonable conclusion.
So, is Regeneration really meant to have been Fast Healing in the Plant Shape series of spells?
I'm not proposing a debate or argument about the effectiveness of the spell. This is just me wondering if A had been meant to be B.
Darksol the Painbringer wrote:
It's really mostly a control issue. Read any of the angryposts from a gamer feeling their choices/rights were taken away regarding Y, and then compare that to the up/down way SA works.
It's also that skills need to be more useful in specific ways.
The first is an issue with the SA mechanic itself (and a trust issue), and the second a more overall design issue that is outside the scope of an errata.
Loup Blanc wrote:
Echoing this...my first gaming group was composed of family and family friends. It was safe and fun. There's nothing wrong with this...and a rl group helps her develop offline social skills, too. It has the bonus of you dropping in to see how things go, and being able to speak with the parents.
In my own experience and reading of these threads, many players and DMs hate loss of control over their PCs.
Absolutely HATE it.
Want to stab it to DEATH.
The rogue sneak attack represents 'loss of control.' Limited per-day abilities do not have this issue.
Therefore, you'll never have a good discussion on SA, because half of it is actually from frustration of not having control over a character.
It doesn't matter if it's effective, or somewhat effective, or highly effective, etc. Not at all. It matters if the player feels in control of their abilities.
I once made a summation of what I'd considered to be general recommendations based on forum posts and various 'guides. It read something like this:
- All full BAB classes receive pounce beginning at L11+
I've also seen:
- Bad saves are unfun, so give everyone good saves.
So to add to this:
- Rogues should attack at touch AC.
It makes the game quite different. Perhaps if you are considering the touch AC, you should consider adding the rest as well.
Note: Don't take the above list as agreement or support. It's merely note-taking on my end of things.
Fairly well this, yeah...for example, I've run into the folks who tried PvPing everyone around them, or a wizard who claimed omnipotent knowledge and...the ability to PvP everyone.
I've found there are also fewer issues with "rules conundrums" so long as expectations are stated. Certainly none of the drama you'd expect from reading these boards. More, just the occasional attitude quirkle.
For example, the fellow who demanded a CE assassin with expanded gun rules. ...while giving what felt like an hours-long pro-NRA speech while arguing for additional gun options while attempting to out-stare the DM and and that all women should love him now, but damn them all for jilting him so far...and hey dude, what's the policy on PvP? ...you may not want that guy at the table.
Or the guy who pretended to be a female sorceress and would sit there drawing her boobs all the time, mostly to the tune of, "Lawl! I drew them too big that time!"
...are much more frequent than rules-drama.
Hey, there. I'm going to ramble on for a little bit, and then present a specific approach based on that ramble, so please forgive me. This is a pretty cool topic.
When dealing with a large amount of data, the human mind tends to create categories. So if it sees a series of different objects, it will attempt to classify them.
What I'm going to propose is that instead of presenting these books and options to a DM all at once or even a few at a time, you help him or her create these classifications and then use this as a selling point. In this way, the amount of data (which is what many have suggested is a barrier, here), seems less overwhelming and more familiar. Therefore, it appears less burdensome.
This is what I would do:
1. Promote one book...just one. It's much easier to build your case for The Idyll Treetops Supplement than Kobold #235, Kobold #651, Idyll, and then Thorinbreak Mountain Underdark all at once.
2. Through conversation, and without being pushy, talk with the DM about different 3pps or product groups (whichever you feel works). Be honest and thoughtful, but not pushy. Explain that players have tended to find Treant Slayers productions (making up a name, here) to tend to produce OP material. OTOH, Lantern Sea Gods has been in 3.x since before Paizo, and has won a lot of respect for producing balanced material. Or, perhaps cover where Lantern Sea Gods tends to get their ideas, "they always go back to CRB material during development, and balance around the ranger, barbarian, etc."
The purpose of this is to help your DM feel as though s/he "knows" the products, at least in general. This way, if you present five Lantern Sea Gods books at once, he or she has a means of approaching them and comparing them to, say, Treant Slayers.
It also helps illustrate the thought you've given towards these products.
Plus, understanding builds trust.
Remember, you'd selected each of these items individually, and your collection grew with you. Therefore, it feels familiar. However, when presenting a flood of data to someone else, we need to "pre-sort" as it were.
And, sometimes "pre-sorting" can help us make our argument in the long run, and can even be turned into a selling point.
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