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Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

Thanks John, have fun at Gencon.

Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

Sarvei taeno wrote:
honestly they have made severe changes in the past and never allowed full rebuilds. look at the crane style revisions those weren't even corrections those were completely reworded and nerfed. yet they did not allow monks to retrain those feats for free why would it change now? honestly whe people make builds they generally tend to read between the lines and find loop hoes. all they did was close the loop holes that they never intended to be there.

Under the new rule, they actually could retrain those crane style feats ^^

And to be blunt, some options like slashing grace were pretty clear.

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Joe Ducey wrote:
Mr Oger wrote:
Whaaaaaat. this one killed another character, kensai master of many styles daring champion (main idea - samurai without armor). wtf, paizo D:
The new FAQs did? If so how? I'm honestly curious.

I assume, that he used spell combat to increase his number of attacks and action ecconomy, which no longer works with slashing grace (and kensei are quite often dex based...).

Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

Maybe your proposal could benefit from a couple of extended examples where character builds were negatively affected, and the new rebuild options do not help.

Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

UndeadMitch wrote:
Joseph Kellogg wrote:
Guide wrote:


If an ability-score-dependent feature of a class, prestige
class, or archetype is altered: You may rebuild your
character to its current XP. Keep the same equipment, but
you can resell any equipment that augments the changed
ability score at its full market price.
So if I'm reading this right, Daring Champions and Kata Masters will get to retrain due to the loss of Opportune Parry and Riposte, because in both cases the deed is part of the Panache class feature, which is ability-score-dependent. Correct?
I don't believe that is the case, since the ability score that the class feature is dependent on has not changed.

I believe, that, as written this text covers the situation where the ability score the ability uses changes (like the change in casting stat for warpriests), where the involved calculation changes (like the arcanist thing) or where the ability itself is changed (panache pool, spellcasting, channel etc. )

Unfortunately it does not cover a situation where a class or archetype just looses an ability, or the archetype is changed so it replaces another ability.

Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Guide wrote:

Core Mode
The Core Mode is an option created for both players and
GMs and does not replace the standard mode campaign.
New players and GMs may feel less intimidated by the
focused content of this play mode.
Core campaign players are limited to the following
resources for character creation as explained in Chapter 2:
• Pathfinder R PG Core Rulebook
Guide to Pathfinder Society Organized Play (this document)
• Pathfinder Character Traits Web Enhancement
All players are allowed to play in both the Core and
Standard campaign play modes. Core and Standard
characters may not play at the same table. Core Mode
characters may retrain their characters as noted on page
22 but may only utilize the three documenst listed above
with full access to earned core play mode Chronicle sheets

Not crazy about the "guild" part, but at least the Core description mentions the old name.

Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

Chris Mortika wrote:

Just a vent: Bloody hell. I just spent over $50 to print color copies of the Faction Journal Cards on card stock for my players at Gen Con. And I get home to find out they're out of date.

I'm sorry; I just don't have the spare cash to do this again.

I feel with you, I still have plenty of Faction cards left too.

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Chris Lambertz wrote:
Darrell Impey UK wrote:
Can we have the email addresses removed from the Faction Cards again please?
Already done. My bad!

Can we have the watermarking removed from the newest set of pregens too please ?

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Maps Subscriber

I messed up my last order, could you change it so it will be shipped with my next subscription order please ?

Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

John Compton wrote:

As a heads-up, Monday's blog is going to release the updated Guide to Pathfinder Society Organized Play, which contains expanded ways to retrain your character following a playtest or errata. It doesn't fix every concern, but it does address numerous concerns.

These include more generous reselling of obsolete equipment, broader retraining of feat prerequisites, and clearer instructions for how to handle an item whose price has changed.

Thank you John, it is very much appreciated.

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TOZ wrote:
Man, so this is what it's like when Blizzard releases a WoW patch.

Exactly, all those people who are mostly happy with the patch or don't care are all busy playing and don't post here.

Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

Shisumo wrote:
Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
Well the Arcane Deed wording seems to be intended to prevent precise Strike, but it just happens to make it impossible to get a parry out of opportune parry, and most other deeds just don't work.
Unless I'm misreading it, you can still parry, you just can't riposte.

Yeah sorry I meant to say riposte. A real shame for one of my characters.

Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

Well the Arcane Deed wording seems to be intended to prevent precise Strike, but it just happens to make it impossible to get a parry out of opportune parry, and most other deeds just don't work.

Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

I just decided to print a new set of pregens for tomorrow, but with the watermark situation, I guess my old black and white set will have to suffice.

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spell combat wrote:

Spell Combat (Ex)

[See FAQ]

At 1st level, a magus learns to cast spells and wield his weapons at the same time. This functions much like two-weapon fighting, but the off-hand weapon is a spell that is being cast. To use this ability, the magus must have one hand free (even if the spell being cast does not have somatic components), while wielding a light or one-handed melee weapon in the other hand. As a full-round action, he can make all of his attacks with his melee weapon at a –2 penalty and can also cast any spell from the magus spell list with a casting time of 1 standard action (any attack roll made as part of this spell also takes this penalty). If he casts this spell defensively, he can decide to take an additional penalty on his attack rolls, up to his Intelligence bonus, and add the same amount as a circumstance bonus on his concentration check. If the check fails, the spell is wasted, but the attacks still take the penalty. A magus can choose to cast the spell first or make the weapon attacks first, but if he has more than one attack, he cannot cast the spell between weapon attacks.

It doesn't look great for the Magus class in that area.

Bucklers should work, light shields are... unclear.

Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

They didn't mention it, and I suspect that any clarification/errata regarding this issue would have to change/clarify the dragon disciple... so you might have to wait for a CRB errata.

Silver Crusade

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You are obviously correct, sorry about that.

In that case please cancel my Pathfinder Tales subscription it makes more sense to buy it locally (and I just discovered that they books are available as audio books - and I am a big fan of the format).

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I just recieved the Email, but my subscription pdf of Lord of Runes seems to be missing.

Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

Woran wrote:
LazarX wrote:
Tels wrote:
Not by much, the average height of a European man in the medieval age was 5'8" and the average height of a European man today is 5'10".
Diet can influence it alot. The Germanic barbarian tribes for instance, towered over the Romans because they were on the Atkins diet, and the Roman soldiers were grain-fed. We also have a lot of Colonial era houses in this neck of the country and visting them you'll notice that the ceilings are all rather low, even in the higher class houses like Dey Mansion in Wayne, NJ.
All you non-Dutch people are hilariously short ;)

All you Dutch people are hilariously large :) If course I am about 5,8 sooooo

Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

Thank you for not sanctioning it before the date, where the PDFs become available.

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Since I asked this in the other tread already, and I really want to get the printing done in time for my next event...

Can we please get a version without the watermark? I don't mind players seeing my official PFS Email on there, but my private Email accounts gets way to many emails per day, and I would inevitably miss emails from players.

Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

Can we please have get a non-watermarked version of the pregens? I looks better, and I would prefer not to give my private Email to new players - that's what the official one is there for.

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After seven pages, I think we can all agree, that we all should try to avoid ever getting into a similar situation, so:

Necromancers, you have plenty of wonderful spells at your disposal, you don't have to create undead, especially if other party members ask you not to do so.

Followers of Pharasma, try to bring back your party members alive, if you feel that you have to take some kind of retaliatory action, maybe just rip the spell out of their spellbook, they can recover from that, and maybe learn. The same thing isn't possible if you kill them.

GMs: Tell your players the consequences of their actions. If the players want to start a war, they better not try to do it at your table. Warn them that this kind of behavior could result in you banning one of both of them.
And for heavens sake, don't penalize players for healing party members under any circumstances (unless they try to "cure" the dhampir).

Everbody: Be nice and try to respect the other players, intentionally antagonizing others never ends well.

Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

Lucas Servideo wrote:
Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
Lucas Servideo wrote:
Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
Could we get the poster in another format ? I was trying to print a larger version with the programm I use to print maps (postercut) but it doesn't accept pdfs and extrating the image from the pdf strips the text.
What format would you like?
PNG or JPEG would be very nice. I am planning this as a surprise for our next event^^
I will take care of it after work tonight.

Damn you are quick ^^

Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

Lucas Servideo wrote:
Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
Could we get the poster in another format ? I was trying to print a larger version with the programm I use to print maps (postercut) but it doesn't accept pdfs and extrating the image from the pdf strips the text.
What format would you like?

PNG or JPEG would be very nice. I am planning this as a surprise for our next event^^

Silver Crusade

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The previous posters are correct, in PFS (where this threat still currently resides) it can become relevant for Dhampir characters).

Flagged to move to the rules forum.

Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

Could we get the poster in another format ? I was trying to print a larger version with the programm I use to print maps (postercut) but it doesn't accept pdfs and extrating the image from the pdf strips the text.

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thejeff wrote:
Sebastian Hirsch wrote:

I like most people here, have no idea what scenario and which dead enemies where available, but does everbody forget about the player of the rogue ?

The party could have pooled their resources to buy a raise dead for the rogue. Once you have animated the body as an undead creature, that option is gone.

Unless it was absolutely certain, that the player of the rogue did not want his character to come back, this aspect very much breaks the "don't be a jerk" rule.

And maybe next time instead of letting someone die, just do something foul to their spellbook or something similar.

And unless really necessary, please don't mutilate the bodies of your fallen comrades (there actually is precedent where this is a pretty great idea but that's a rather big spoiler).

The OP didn't explicitly say the zombie was the rogue, just a "human corpse". I'd assumed it was an enemy.

Yeah, I might have assumed to much, after reading that the human rogue was killed in action. Sorry about that.

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I like most people here, have no idea what scenario and which dead enemies where available, but does everbody forget about the player of the rogue ?

The party could have pooled their resources to buy a raise dead for the rogue. Once you have animated the body as an undead creature, that option is gone.

Unless it was absolutely certain, that the player of the rogue did not want his character to come back, this aspect very much breaks the "don't be a jerk" rule.

And maybe next time instead of letting someone die, just do something foul to their spellbook or something similar.

And unless really necessary, please don't mutilate the bodies of your fallen comrades (there actually is precedent where this is a pretty great idea but that's a rather big spoiler).

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All that drama over a lousy 1 hd human skeleton or zombie addition to an APL 4 party.

As The Fox said, neither player is without blame. I am not sure how the players feel about it, but as the GM I would have made it clear that this kind of behavior isn't exactly welcome in PFS.
Other players might choose to avoid the tables where those players play because of that event.

Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

Congrats^^

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I really don't care, but this situation has never happened to me, so the situation might change after that.

Regarding the Pregens, I make pretty definitive suggestions when it comes to giving them to players, and I have toyed with the idea simply not to bring some of them.

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I am not entirely sure if the PP purchase rule is intended to to interact one way or the other with ammunition, and frankly there are already so many great options for PP purchases, that it isn't a huge issue for me.

6 durable adamantine arrows are pretty cheap and at the lower levels usually enough to last a fight, once haste becomes available you should be able to afford a couple more.

As Nefreet mentioned, you can't just add durable after the fact, especially in PFS, just like you can't use a boon to buy that alchemical silver masterwork rapier (410 GP) if the boon says nonmagical item up to 400 GP; you can't just pitch in 10 GP of your own.

Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

FLite wrote:


3. Hero Lab is a really bad source for rules legality as they have a habit of inserting their editorial opinions into paizo rules without notice.

I agree, it is worth mentioning though, that they sometimes ask paizo directly and apply clarifications that way.

Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

The discussion already erupted when unchained was released, but I was unaware of the error message in Herolab (my unchained summoner has a neutral eidolon, so no error message).

I think it should be legal, just like player character who summon demons and similar creatures (and we even a way to get an imp servant for a couple of PP), but the actions of the eidolon still affect the standing of the summoner.

If your evil eidolon wants to commit an evil act, the summoner as controller, will have to face the consequences, which might result in him needing an atonement or having an irredeemably evil character.

Of course the unchained eidolons can refuse actions based on their alignment and I expect GMs to be reasonable about this situation. This isn't really different than having a party with a paladin and a necromancer, we all have to try to be accommodating to other players.

Corner cases, like the NG skald not accepting the demon eidolon as an ally might happen, but this really isn't a new situation.

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Mark Stratton wrote:
blackbloodtroll wrote:

I just keep all my PDFs on a Flash Drive.

If they want to check, they can just use their laptop/ipad/etc, and look it up.

Not at my table. A flash drive won't connect to my iPad, and I don't bring a laptop. It is incumbent upon you to provide me the document in a format I can use. That's YOUR responsbility. It is not mine to provide you the means to view or translate that document.

Seconded, my tablet can't read flash drives unless I bring a special cable, and frankly I usually need my tablet to run the scenario...

EDTI: If I know someone has a disability... well that might be another story.

Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

I approved of this picture on so many levels... but he is certainly dangerously close to smiling.
As some briefings tell us, that is not a sight for the unprepared mind.

Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

I have a chronicle with an item like this, unfortunately it is very difficult to get to a proper final price when it comes to items like these.

Some items would be a steal even at double the cost (slotless IIRC) like the swarmbane clasp.

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If you plan to attend a PFS event, it might be a good idea to inform the event organizer, that you want to attend with your children.

That should prevent a number of unwelcome surprises, especially when it comes to larger events. And some adventures might be a rather bad choices for young children.

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chad hale 637 wrote:

a fool learns nothing,

a smart person learns from their own mistakes,
a wise person learns from the mistakes of others,
******think about what this should mean for the game*************

Certainly a character has to have life experience, right?
So the idea that I can't use a knowledge skill is *BLATANTLY* telling me that I DO NOT KNOW, and can not even HOPE to know ANYTHING for no reason other than it is in the rules...

The Idea that I can not; persuade, plead, encourage, insult, annoy, judge character, chat about the recent years weather, recall local gossip, remember anything from church, not have any knowledge of a trade, not know how to cook, not know how to start a fire, not recall any fishing trip, no encounter with poison ivy/oak or a skunk, absolutely never had an opportunity to learn quintessential "STUFF" that we all do everyday,

or anything from a lifetime of experience...

it is just wrong.

I quit.

goodbye.

Mostly just for the benefit of anybody finding this later:

Almost everything mentioned above, can be used untrained and most of the time take 10 (without having a rank or a stat below 10) is enough... like recognizing the holy symbol or clergy of a major religion (DC10 knowledge religion),
starting a fire doesn't have a DC, but let's see what a DC 10 survial checks gives us: Get along in the wild. Move up to half your overland speed while hunting and foraging (no food or water supplies needed). You can provide food and water for one other person for every 2 points by which your check result exceeds 10.

There are other examples, but the real lesson here is that most of the skills list something you can reliably do with take 10 (or 20 in some cases).

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chad hale 637 wrote:
Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
What kind of official response are you expecting?

uhm, let me see...

oh, I don't know...

I think I forgot it...

or maybe, you didn't read what I have been writing?

You come off a little bit strong, it seems you have some longstanding grievances/opinions. But my question was quite honest, some people aks for clarification, some want the PFS rules to be changed and others just want to learn that their GM has misapplied the PFS rules.

chad hale 637 wrote:


Seriously, is the current limitation inflicting skill mechanic with "Dice-beats-player" what this game is all about?

am I supposed to enjoy a "Role-playing" game that blocks my efforts to role play my character?

Roleplaying and succeeding at set mechanical difficulties is not the same thing.

I know quite a number of gamers who are perfectly happy to use the skill system when it comes to a number of subjects (like rolling acrobatics, using handle animal) but want to RP their diplomacy at with the exclusion of any modifier or dice roll.

Since this approach would make investing into social skills a colossal waste of time and resources, I am quite happy that the PFRPG uses the current system of actually requiring the checks.

It is worth mentioning that GMs are not robots, and even the guide mentions the option to use "creative solutions".

chad hale 637 wrote:

to role play my character?

Are the DMs and rude NPC text of some adventures right?

That my "character" simply isn't needed?

is this the official intent?

Can you please describe the situation in detail in a spoiler tag, some NPCs from previous sessions were a bit antagonistic, like "Oh I could just do it myself, but since it is pretty obviously a suicide mission, I prefer sending you ...."

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chad hale 637 wrote:
Chris Mortika wrote:

1. So, it seems that you are unhappy with those classes that have only two skill ranks per level.

2. Otherwise, it strikes me that you have an issue with the Pathfinder game system, rather than a question for the organized play campaign.

3. And welcome to PFS. It's great to have you.

1. yep. 2+ skill ranks at low levels can still be wiped away by equipment ala. armor skill check penalty. thus physically demanding class, may end up with even less skill than 2+...

Yet, My situation is made worse. You see, I had to abandon my Ranger-guide. That's a 6+ class, add on the human bonus skill rank, the favored class bonus skill, a 13 intelligence and 14 wisdom. That's 9 skill ranks I applied. Yet, after a limited class skills list, equipment penalties and striving to meet a class role...

Climb
heal
intimidate
know nature
perception
ride
stealth
survive
swim

A bit of a shame really. I liked using Weapon and shield combat style.
I had made 3rd level, but the extreme nature of the ... limits on my character outweighed any roleplaying by me.

Wanna hear something funny? My ranger character was mocked and told by an NPC during one adventure that his skills would never be needed!
Oh no, wait! That was two separate adventures? yeah, it was two.

2. I do have an issue. No matter my personal ability to role play my character, the rules regarding skill availability and development place, shall we say... a crippling limitation on my character which restrains him from making progress or making any valuable contribution.

Because certain words are BANNED here, I will say that this makes ME personally feel disparaged and denied participation. Feeling Like a, hmm, a quote from the comedy movie, "Tropic Thunder"; I can't repeat it here because, well... it is Verboten.

this isn't specific to any single DM as I have had many DMs deign to apply the rules in this fashion. Worse still, I've been playing PRG's since 78 and I have read the rule books countless times; it...

Skill points are a valuable resource, expecting a character to keep things like climb swim and ride on max. ranks is usually quite unreasonable, especially of the character doesn't require those skills all the time.

Without knowing the NPC in question and the context, I can't really judge the NPC situation... but does it really matter?

The D20 system rewards specialization, sometimes only the character with 2-3 +8 skills feels like they are contributing. However thx to aid another having a couple of +4 skills around can be worth the investment.

Regarding the Bard, skill monkey is usually not sufficient in PFS, you should be able to do other things too - I don't doubt that you have a plan for the Archaeologist, but in combat performance is often the critical factor.
Out of combat skills are great and sometimes mission critical too, however I feel that you might have invested a bit too much into that area.

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chad hale 637 wrote:

No, one can not be a master of all trades.

Yet, the game requires all knowledge skills to be trained...
it is as if you refuse to learn anything as you grow up.
the bards who deliver the latest on fashion, intrigues, and scandals;
nope, you never listened.

You never traveled or spoke with a traveler.
you didn't overhear anything of value...

Ever, Your-whole-life.

oh, and by the way. You are supposedly intelligent, you supposedly have common sense;

... but talking is just TOO HARD!

Certainly, some knowledge and speech should just be a given?
You grew up didn't you?

I hope to get some sort of official response to this...

Knowledge skill description wrote:

Training You cannot make an untrained Knowledge check with a DC higher than 10.

bardic knowledge wrote:

Bardic Knowledge (Ex)

A bard adds half his class level (minimum 1) to all Knowledge skill checks and may make all Knowledge skill checks untrained.

Every character starts with common and maybe the regional language.

What kind of official response are you expecting?

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chad hale 637 wrote:

1. Can a Higher level character "retire" and provide superior equipment or other boon to an heir?

2. What if a Wiz (or Sorc) wanted to do something for a hero that was starting out?

3. Could you start play with; permanent-Enlarge person, Permanent-reduce person, or permanent-resistance?

4. if one compares a permanently enlarged Halfling to a human, or a permanently reduced human to a Halfling; Are humans really balanced with the other races?

5. Let's say My class has 2+ skill ranks, maybe one knowledge skill, maybe one social skill, and the attributes desired are physical-
Still my mental scores are:
Intelligence 13
Wisdom 14
charisma 10

When I am role playing my character is it really appropriate to demand a dice roll skill check - EVERY time I have an idea or want to say something? A number of PFS D.M.s seem to delight in "rushed/stressful" situations (can't take 10) and DC's of 15 or higher. it pains me that on a roll of 14 or less, I automatically fail. Of course, Dc's can be higher, anything above 20 and I have no hope what-so-ever.

It wounds me personally that, in accordance with the rules, my failure is all but guaranteed. I feel that as a player, I personally am being mistreated* and severely marginalized* (*the only allowed words I can use here or the resident board N@Z!s will delete my post).

1. Well kinda, if you have a Scarab Sages faction card, another character of yours could inherit it.

And there are some boons that grant benefits to newly created character, you should be able to earn some by playing your current character.

2. Not really, or to be more precise... they don't want to.

3. No, there are plenty of ways to get the effect once combat starts (like a cleric subdomain).

4.No/Yes/Maybe depends on the value you put one additional skill points and the extra feat, balanced doesn't mean, that everybody is equally good at everything.

5. Some classes are better at some things than others, for example fighters and barbarians are pretty good when it comes to the physical stuff like climb and acrobatics, caster types have different class skills and attributes, thus they are better in other areas.
When to call for a roll and when characters are unable to take 10 really depends on the GM, not everybody makes the same choices.

If you find the GMs in your area unsatisfactory in that regard, I heartily suggest you to take up the GM mantle yourself (or stop playing at the tables of those GMs).

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I am sorry, but I am really not a fan of this kind of thread necromancy, especially if I only notice the date of the first post after the first page....

And for archers, buying durable adamantine arrows is usually the way I prefer to handle this situation.

Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

Pregen or not, gunpowder or bullet, that behavior is pretty sub optimal in any case.

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The Fox wrote:

I heard another player complaining that his rogue never gets to play in a stealthy party. There's always some lummox in heavy armor. I suggested he invest in a wand of invisibility to use on other PCs. It will take the full-plate fighter's Stealth modifier from –5 to +15. [/QUOTE

Providing the armored guy with mage armor helps, personally I am usually not married to my armor, but the rogue player actually has to suggest the tactic.
That said, even with the buff you mentioned, some monsters will always detect anyone without a great stealth modifier.

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Gary Bush wrote:
Sebastian Hirsch wrote:


Doing it every year, makes it a very unattractive idea. And frankly, while I know most of the VOs in my area, I have no way to check if the tracking sheet was filled out by the a 5 Star GM, if the signature is genuine etc. so you might have to make accepting such a sheet optional too.

Sebastian,

The concern has been raised about doing this once and basically giving players the ability to get rid of the resource. This is why I proposed having the sheet updated on a regular basis.

Something you may not have considered, that I don't think you would like either, is that if a player buys a new book/PDF, then they should update their Resource Tracking Sheet. This could make updates come more often.

I am unfamiliar with how stars are tracked but I thought I saw a list someplace that shows all the 5 star GMs. 4 star GMs may be a different problem.

Thank you for taking the time to post.

Sounds like a golden opportunity to sell PFS branded branding irons, so I can properly "mark" those books. Alternative let the GM/VO rip out a specific page (maybe the index).

I would not expect, frequent PDF purchases to matter all that much, after all, if you buy a PDF chances are that you will have some way to display it.

The time of GMs and VOs is pretty valuable and we are volunteers: If a player has the resource tracking sheets prepared (or maybe we get one that has all the product names printed inside) adding my signature doesn't take that long, but when you consider rules like this one, you don't expect the best case scenario.

You should consider an exhausted GM, who after hauling quite a lot of stuff to the event in question just ran two 4 hours slots and now has 10 minutes before his next time slot starts.... I have been in that position, and signing anything (and/or being polite about it) is a really tough order.

Of course before or after my regularly scheduled games, it is a completely different situation. When asked ahead of time, I it is very much possible for me do this.

Regarding the GM issue, the fact that a certain PFS number has a name and perhaps a couple of stars attached to it unfortunately proves nothing. Someone might have faked the signature, or faked the entire GM, I can see something like this working on a local level (like the area covered by a VC, but once you want to cover whole countries it becomes complicated).

Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

Congratulations, sounds like a certain GM of mine. Your area is lucky to have him.

Silver Crusade ** RPG Venture-Lieutenant, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

Gary Bush wrote:
Nils Janson wrote:

Sorry, but my "I am not really a fan of that idea" just turned into a "I hate it".

Doing all the Resouce Tracking Sheet once is a lot of work, but then it is done. Having to do that every year is alot of work you just dumped on people -in other words me.

I am sorry that you feel this way. I can understand the extra work. This is why my proposal includes high star GMs as well. And most of the work is on the player. I am not suggesting that a VO prepare the sheet.

That you for giving a VO viewpoint to the discussion.

My opinion regarding the idea has changed only a little bit since I became a VL, I think, that I would have to time to deal once with a couple of these tracking sheets (maybe by appointment) and with a way to scribble into the hardcovers (maybe the PFS Number).

Doing it every year, makes it a very unattractive idea. And frankly, while I know most of the VOs in my area, I have no way to check if the tracking sheet was filled out by the a 5 Star GM, if the signature is genuine etc. so you might have to make accepting such a sheet optional too.

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