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Not sure where you're getting the "unarmed won't work for non-monks" bit. You can still kick if you're not a monk.
You are not correct. Threatening an area is not limited by "hands of effort" and, as such, all of those things you mentioned actually do work. A lot of people confuse this because of the TWF rules, which would limit the interaction between a 2h weapon and unarmed, for example, but the TWF rules are not engaged whatsoever when it is not your turn. In essence, the process flow looks like this:
1. Am I armed with the weapon currently?
Additionally, as long as you're not using the secondary weapon to make more attacks than your base attack bonus would allow, you don't engage the TWF rules, either, meaning that a 6 BAB barbarian with a reach weapon and armor spikes could make one attack with each of those weapons in a full attack. This is detailed in the FAQ.
CRB, Environment chapter wrote:
Snow: Falling snow has the same effects on visibility, ranged weapon attacks, and skill checks as rain, and it costs 2 squares of movement to enter a snow-covered square. A day of snowfall leaves 1d6 inches of snow on the ground.
Same chapter wrote:
Hey look! Examples of my argument.
You're attempting to place realism into the ruleset to establish a houserule precedent. The rules are an approximation of reality, not reality itself.
As I posted earlier in this thread and has been reaffirmed several times by other posters, your movement requirements are determined by the square you are entering. That's how the Special Movement Rules section of the Combat chapter covers it in its example graphic. This is why you can 5' step out of the area of grease.
TBH, I've wondered at times how combat times are benchmarked as I've had a remarkable number of parties fail to keep pace with just the combats in some scenarios. For the RP sections, my assumption (were I to write) would be that an RP encounter = a combat encounter, unless you expect your average encounter to go over 45 minutes. The unfortunate thing here is that many tables would have "combat overflow" and have to cut the RP encounter drastically.
The other shifting annoyance here is that higher level play typically results in lengthier encounters. You still want the players to engage with the scenario - in fact, more so than at lower levels since they've had Society history at that point, IMO - but you also want to make sure that they get their combat moments to shine since they're finally at a level where most characters "come online." Your options as an author then typically revolve around optional encounters, which results in markedly different table experiences based on composition and time.
Nothing prevents you from 5ft stepping out of difficult terrain. Likewise, nothing prevents you from 5ft stepping out of grease. The GM could rule that the square you are in counts as 'moving within or through the area' if they like, which would then require the Acrobatics check. But it would still be a 5ft step and not provoke.
To elaborate on this, movement is always determined by the square you are entering, not the square you are leaving. Special Movement Rules in the combat chapter has a diagram explaining this. Here's the example text:
Thus, leaving the Grease square doesn't mess you up at all - you don't care what the terrain qualities of that square are. You only care about the state of the square you are entering.
Bah, that's what I get for not searching the combat chapter again.
CR9? the base opponent is a CR5. Favorable terrain is basically a +1, at the most a +2 if you are adding an extra 1 for...self buffing? yes?
The base opponent is CR6. It's also described as buffing for as much as 3 rounds of combat. While the CR system is generally ok at estimating the difficulty of unbuffed encounters, this one is straying into the realm of "need a nat 20 to hit + ability to fly" for the fighters after all of those buffs, plus the ability to wipe the floor with the party if they do not have sufficient buffs themselves (resist/prot energy, in particular). This is something the CR system is not equipped to deal with properly.
One of my Emerald Spire players is playing a cardcaster magus using chakram as his primary weapons. Without heavy armor, though, these are a poor melee weapon - some GMs, however, will simply allow you to remove the self damage if you have a gauntlet on since that's the part that protects you from cutting yourself. Chakram are one of very few slashing thrown weapons and it comes with a base 30' range increment.
Sad as it is to say, the thrown weapon combat style for rangers is terrible. Just take the archery style instead since all of the feats you intend to take for this style of play that have prereqs are in that style. Thrown gives you no early access feats that you couldn't get through archery, making it worthless. The alternative, as Gisher pointed out, is TWF style, which opens up the dex-free TWF feats. Take this if you think you'll play melee equally to ranged. Archery allows for a more throwing-focused style.
Returning is a poor option since they come back at the end of your turn. Once you hit level 6, you will have too many attacks for these weapons to work properly. Blinkback, Ricochet Toss, or tons of mundane weapons are really your best bets here. This also greatly matters with special materials. Ricochet Toss is truly the strongest option of these, though, since many good thrown weapons are one-handed, which limits you to 2 on the belt. Remember that each Returning weapon is over 8k gold and you can easily replace the stat belt with Ioun Stones if you go that route.
If me and my animal companion mount have this teamwork feat, does that mean i can move all around without provoking Attacks of opportunity?
Yes. Because there is no official game term for "adjacent," we are able to use a common usage definition. In common usage, you are certainly adjacent to your mount, in that you are "next to" it. If you were not adjacent to your mount, you would not be riding it, after all.
Tangent regarding aquatic combat:
It is my opinion, as well as a number of other GMs in the MN lodge, that the concentration check does not include holding one's breath. Similarly, if trying to cast a spell with verbal components while subject to a chokehold, you are no longer holding your breath. With that in mind, the concentration check is to ensure you can actually form the appropriate verbal components while underwater - failure means you failed to do so and the spell is expended with no effect.
And yes, I expect table variance with that, despite the fact that most casters are going to have options to handle this by level 5, if not earlier.
Most characters with this feat are likely Hungry Ghost Monks, who get it in place of Stunning Fist, so the pre-req bit is unnecessary as a consideration.
Re: anaconda vs grappling dude, the anaconda is clearly pinning the opponent - their grapple would be the initial bite and maybe one or two coils.
GM Lari wrote:
My interpretation of your hypothetical would be that either the character or the companion eating the angelburger would cause you to get the eating it boon. In effect, you would be saying that the player ate it. That said, other boons might not be so clear-cut.
There is a difference between asking them to tone it back and asking them to stop. I'm not suggesting that we should disallow RP between Pharasmans and necromancers, for instance, but if it's to the point where you feel uncomfortable at the table and would consider walking away, a polite request is a better step to take.
Jerky behavior is in the eye of the beholder...well, maybe the froghemoth given the licensing, but you get the picture.
If other players are detracting from your fun at the table because they're going over-the-top, it's ok to politely ask that they tone it back. They may have very valid in-character reasons for their words and actions, but this is a game and, as such, players should respect each others' feelings. It sounds like you felt bullied to some degree.
Most players aren't jerks, but sometimes jerky behavior comes out. Asking politely is usually enough to have someone tone back the behavior to acceptable levels.
Andrew Christian wrote:
Neither is having the possibility of inconsistent rulings based on whether it's positive or negative. It's particularly concerning when talking about eidolons because they theoretically can't be replaced in the same way as other pets. An animal companion could die, be released, or what have you and just be replaced to avoid the consequences of a negative boon, but that's not the case for an eidolon.
I'm having difficulty discerning the distinction between the sigil wafers and the curse here (as far as specific examples are concerned). Both amount to "an in-game effect happened to my critter because of something it did," but the argument I'm seeing is that only the curse impacts it. How is that intuitive?
Casual Viking wrote:
What's interesting is that Monstrous Mount is specifically written in a way to attempt to exclude Druids. In this case, though, you can say that the Bonded Mount is analogous to Divine Bond. If you read the Paladin class feature, you'll note the following:
The second type of bond allows a paladin to gain the service of an unusually intelligent, strong, and loyal steed to serve her in her crusade against evil. This mount is usually a heavy horse (for a Medium paladin) or a pony (for a Small paladin), although more exotic mounts, such as a boar, camel, or dog are also suitable. This mount functions as a druid's animal companion, using the paladin's level as her effective druid level. Bonded mounts have an Intelligence of at least 6.
Turns out that Divine Bond is the name of the class feature, but it allows you to select either a bonded weapon or a bonded mount. Thus, the Oracle would qualify.
What do you know about the Wizard? Honestly, the rogues should be a non-concern unless you dropped Uncanny Dodge or don't have access to the spell Atarlost mentioned. The Wizard, though, could be any number of issues.
re: weapons, I'd recommend hammer in 1 hand, reach in 2 hands, and something you can throw (chakram, for instance) in the final hand. This will allow for readied actions if needed.
For the thrifty, there's also darkleaf leather lamellar, which is only 810gp. For the discerning wizard, darkleaf quilted armor provides extra protection against arrows, bolts, and other "small ranged piercing weapons" without the pain of spell failure or ACP, albeit with a painful 7.5 lbs weight for Medium creatures.
This is one of the reasons that I truly love the level 5 Mind Eye power for the Occultist, which frequently can be used to scout ridiculous areas with no downsides whatsoever. Sure, can't see through a door (lol Gloves of Reconnaissance to the rescue!), but it's a trivial expenditure for incredible information gathering.
I am so late to this party. Finally ran this scenario tonight. It does not hold up well. Most of this is simply the change in expected power levels combined with the unpredictable nature of regional meta. When written, this was probably a much more interesting and challenging scenario. The party was very well-balanced and, as typical for the MN lodge, we had a table of 6 (not the greatest situation here) - Occultist 9, Bard 8, UC Rogue 8, APG Summoner 9, Fighter 8, and Alchemist 6. I'll be describing these in spoilers just for space's sake.
Waystation + Sledding Up:
There was very little to work with for Rysam and Krysher. I had handed out the faction missions with the explicit "these are not for prestige" statement and the Liberty's Edge folks tried to shake down Krysher immediately. They could tell he wasn't fully honest, but did not do anything to derail things here. He was summarily executed by the UC rogue at the end of the scenario.
I handed out the dogsledding rules, the party determined who could best handle mushing, and they were off to the races. The ascent was thoroughly described, though the fact that there are only 2 events on the way up was somewhat disengaging for the players. They eagerly seized on what was available, though, and figured out some things about the taer and Aspis presence with The Bodies.
The avalanche was one of the things I was most concerned about. Having read the rules thoroughly on this in advance, I was relatively certain that this would either be a non-issue or a TPK, as determined solely by the result of the d6 roll. I got a 2, it was a non-issue. 1 character was buried, but the Occultist could use telekinesis to remove 250 lbs. of snow per round, while the eidolon could clear 1400 lbs. per minute without tools. I'm glad it was relatively forgiving in that a 2 or higher trivialized the encounter since a 1 is almost always going to be a TPK. The only PC in the party who could make the strength check to escape being buried was the fighter. The eidolon was flying the entire time, so even then it wouldn't have been a TPK for this group - it would only take about 5-10 minutes to clear everyone with just the eidolon working.
The players were thoroughly amused that the anger of the taer barbarians make them stinkier. The 5 barbarians lasted less than 2 rounds. This, however, is where the scenario broke.
The monstrosity arrives a few minutes after PCs start digging...
A few minutes, eh? Well, the ice was destroyed in approximately 18 seconds by the fighter + eidolon. Mind you, this fighter is not a two-hander, but a sword and board defender. They find the bones, pop them in a haversack (still under the 1 minute mark by my count) and start heading back to the sleds, objective in hand. I decided that their "few minutes" were up at this point and had the remorhaz appear by the eggs. The party opted to go to the sleds and leave since the remorhaz can't keep up with the dogs. A couple Handle Animal checks later and the secondary success condition is essentially automatic - the waystation was never on fire because the taer were never enraged into attacking.
The Handle Animal checks were fine all the way down and started being hot as soon as the Aspis rolled out. The Occultist uses telekinesis to devastating effect here, throwing one of the sleds into another, sending all 4 Aspis agents flying. The eidolon flies over to another sled and simply destroys the front end, freeing the dogs and sending the Aspis agents into the snow. The Occultist then telekinetically grapples Fyrth, who remains stationary as his musher and sled move at increment 8 speed. In effect, the encounter was over in slightly more than 1 round.
What bothers me here is that this was assumed to be a chase. Frankly, even a 3.5 core-only party could resolve this within a round without leaving the sleds within 1-2 rounds of "combat." Some suggestions from the party for resolution:
Frankly, this entire encounter could be resolved with level 1 spells at range as long as you can make the violent motion concentration check. It sounded cool, it was interesting to prep, but the reality of it was simply not a letdown.
This was non-existent. The scenario was easily derailed at The Maw, so Act 5 literally did not happen. It is also not particularly clear what an appropriately leveled caster with Create Water prepared does to the fire - I assumed a bucket of water is 1 gallon and Create Water is going to give you at least 10 gallons, which leads me to believe that I should be doing level*2d4 "healing" with each casting of a cantrip.
As mentioned above, the PCs suspected Krysher was up to no good and summarily executed him in the kitchen before leaving. I cut to Osprey and started writing chronicles at this point because there was not a whole lot of anything to work with here.
Where do I even begin with this? I want to start with expletives, but I'd rather not invoke the wrath of the moderators.
First, the gold is INCREDIBLY low. Like, a full tier behind. I actually pulled chronicles from 3-7 scenarios in advance to compare and it's within 100 gold on a significant number of them. I was amazed that there was not a revised chronicle for this scenario and, if I didn't have the option to do a level 1 version of the chronicle, I simply wouldn't have taken GM credit for the scenario. The players were baffled by the max gold on this scenario.
Second, nearly all of the wealth is predicated on two encounters: the remorhaz and the Aspis ambush. I took a liberal reading of the conditions ("defeat" being that they successfully completed the remorhaz encounter via bypass, just like traps, and the PCs certainly "survived the ambush"). Were I to take a more strict reading of the scenario, the players could have gotten full prestige, but walked out with only 333 gold for the chronicle. That is ridiculous. I felt bad enough with the 3531 gold in the 8-9 subtier, but to reduce it further? No. Absolutely not. This is woefully out of line with other scenarios in the tier. Even the Alchemist, who pulled in out-of-subtier gold, barely got rewarded for his efforts. Seriously, I apologized to the players for how lame this chronicle was.
The players, in the end, thanked me for doing the best I could with a dated scenario. It had so much promise, but just a few issues caused the whole plot train to derail. Thinking through it, though, I want to stress that literally everything that happened could have been duplicated with a 3.5 core party. Whether that's a failing of the play environment of the time or a lack of imagination on the part of the author, I'm not sure, but this felt like a 3-7 scenario with 5-9 written on it by accident given that it certainly did not predict the types of resources available to 8th and 9th level characters. Additionally, because of the unique subsystem presented for dogsledding and use of relatively obscure pieces of the ruleset (altitude, avalanches, and cave-ins, for example), the preparation was significantly more difficult than other 8-9 scenarios I've run.
In short, don't run this for players who know how to play the game. If you do run it, it's ideal to do so in Core and with 4 players. Frankly, the design felt as though it failed to plan for the existence of casters. This severely undermined the fun of everyone involved.
Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
I had never thought of that and it's brilliant.
While that's true, it's important to remember that:
Only a normal, unmodified animal may become a familiar.
It retains the appearance, Hit Dice, base attack bonus, base save bonuses, skills, and feats of the normal animal it once was, but is now a magical beast for the purpose of effects that depend on its type.
The ability to use a shield is not an effect that depends on its type - that wording refers to things like Favored Enemy. At the end of the day, the familiar is still an animal, even if it has been retyped for effects that depend on type.
Milo v3 wrote:
Undercasting is associated with the spell, not the class. The sorceror can undercast.
it doesn't get the ability to augment it's spells through amplifications,Different, but you get bonus feats instead.
it doesn't get a discipline,Bloodline.
doesn't get a detect thoughts SLA, doesn't get the ability to convert spells into a scaling detect thoughts, doesn't get a telepathic bond SLA, doesn't get the ability to convert spells into telepathic bond,Different, but meh.
doesn't get constant telepathy,That's cool, sorc gets constant Thoughtsense instead
doesn't get the same captsone.....Whatever. It's a capstone. The real capstone is gained at level 18 anyway, when you get 9th level spells.
Nope, only link is the fact they are both d6 psychic casters.
Allow me to tell you what the sorceror gets that the psychic doesn't: 6 years of older content in the form of Player Companions, Campaign Setting, and APs, as well as the hardcover line. Additionally, while I use Phrenic Amplifications on my psychic (as mentioned earlier, I have a level 11 psychic in PFS), it's usually to make up for some gap I had vs a sorc - "I need something to do against undead other than Magic Missile. I guess I'll Will of the Dead this Oneiric Horror." The other thing with the Phrenic Pool is that it's consistently tiny. Again, at level 11, I have a pool of 7. The amplification I want to use costs 2-4 points. Ponder that for a second. Also, if you want to boost that pool, be prepared to only select Half-Elf as a race and constantly wonder if you were better off using 3 levels of FCB for 1 point vs 3 more spells known. In short, the pool looks like more of a differentiator than it actually is. I spend more time wondering if it's worth the points on a given spell than actually using the points, though that might change now that I have the dispel rider major amp. At least the feats are always-on.
When I built my psychic, I had intended to use all the "super-interesting new psychic spells," which worked great for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd level spells known. Now, I say things like "man, I wish I had Fireball right now" or "Wow, everything worth taking right now is out of the CRB and I could have gotten that on a sorceror." It turns out that the biggest differentiator is the spell list and I can tell you right now that the only positive I've experienced so far is that my psychic has Freedom of Movement, which isn't on the Sorc/Wiz list. My go-to spell for disabling could easily be replaced (Oneiric Horror -> Hold Person). The rest of the time, literally everything else could be just as easily handled by the Sorc/Wiz list without worrying about things to do when the targets are plants/undead/constructs/etc. Beyond Haste, the psychic doesn't really get an answer to golems until level 12. Think about that. Even with that being the case, the vast majority of the psychic list is shared with the Sorc/Wiz list. It's just that the Sorc/Wiz list is WAY bigger.
Beyond that, the fact that I get mechanical things for saying my character does a crapload of drugs is no more powerful than several bloodlines and just encourages me to make hippie jokes all night.
Sure, not the same. The sorc is just better, though, and this is coming from someone who is literally playing the psychic class right now in PFS.
Andy is right here because of the FAQ.
A shield is both a weapon and a tool in this context, even if used for defense. If you have questions, refer to the Smashing Board.
True that there was mismatched expectations for psionics vs psychic here, but the psychic is the laziest design in the entire book, which is evidenced by the fact that there's a sorceror bloodline that steals 90% of the psychic's schtick, but with the superior sorc/wiz spell list.
As someone with a level 11 PFS psychic, I can safely say that the psychic bloodline sorceror is flat-out better simply due to spell list. It also effectively has more spells due to the undercasting bloodline power at 9.
Mechanically, there is no difference. Sure, there's flavor, but I can exhibit flavor without mechanics. The psychic is just a sorceror with the serial number filed off. Good flavor, extremely lazy design.
I think you'll find that the majority of your parties will be fine on the up-front-melee-striker roles.
Depends on the region, but yes, this is typically the case.
I would consider swapping your WIS and CHA. You're built to channel and part of that is ensuring that your Selective is going to be selective enough. Other than that, the build looks quite sound.
The last table I ran that all had darkvision was a table that was replaying Emerald Spire 1: Tower Ruins. Most of them rebuilt afterwards.
Have you spoken with the GM about this? This is always step one. ALWAYS.
If another player is detracting from your fun at the table, you shouldn't feel obligated to sit in silence or even sit at the table. It is the GM's responsibility in a home game to keep a table in relative order, which seems to have already been disrupted by the level imbalance. Failing a correction here, the GM should address your concerns about PvP.
If the GM is not willing to take action to correct this, you should leave the table.
James Wygle wrote:
For an archer, this is a problem easily solved by worshipping Erastil. While I really like Imp Precise, the trait is usually good enough.
That surprises me. The last table I ran was halfling/human/human/human/human/half-elf. I've found variations of this to be the norm at my FLGS. Similarly, my own character selection is mostly human with a half-elf mixed in. I have an Aasimar boon, but I haven't used it yet. In fact, when I was at Skalcon, discounting the tables where we played pregens, every table I was at had at least 2 humans.
Back to the original idea, I do like the notion of having a two-part race boon for specific scenarios.
IMO, on most ships that you end up riding, you can easily consider the deck to be a battlefield (Champion) and can likely consider the cargo hold to be a maze or treat the mess as a tavern (Trickster). Depending on how friendly the captain is, you might be able to get away with a library (Archmage), as well. You might even end up having an altar to Besmara somewhere on the ship (hierophant).
I agree that GMs should respect the favored location requirement, but there is a degree of leniency that one can exercise at the table.
Alex Mack wrote:
Each bull rush is a separate opportunity. All movement from a single bull rush is a single opportunity, but applies across the entire movement path.
Cao Phen wrote:
There are two major downsides of the archetype:
1. You lose the ability to swap for needs with Hierophant and Archmage spirits, which is something that a lot of people desire with the class.
2. You have not 1, not 2, but 6 bonds to pay attention to.