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RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32. RPG Superstar 2013 Dedicated Voter, 2014 Star Voter, 2015 Dedicated Voter. 5,916 posts. No reviews. No lists. No wishlists.

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Anyone else inspired by Brian McClelland's Powder Mage Trilogy?

I'm reading Promise of Blood now, and I can't tell if the Powder Mages are an archetype of the magus or a hybrid of the alchemist and gunslinger.

Powder Mages exist in a quasi-18th century fantasy land. They inhale or consume gunpowder to enhance their senses and aim, physiques, and can telekinetically nudge bullets. They can also sense and ignite gunpowder at a distance. They can also burn gunpowder to empower their bullets.

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Are there any fun combos you've used or thought of?

Can a barbarian or monk/draconic sorcerer benefit from the scales bonus to AC plus Dex plus Wis?

I think a rogue (assassin)/monk (shadow) would be a fun ninja.

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Once our group finishes Rise of the Rune Lords, the DM has hinted that we might be doing the Serpent's Skull Adventure Path.

Can anyone provide spoiler-free suggestions for PCs?

I'm thinking of playing a wood elf druid folk hero or outlander specializing in battlefield control and archery.

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015 aka SmiloDan

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And where is it on my keyboard? Is it really a thing? And if so, is it really that big of a deal?

Or is it called an em dash?

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In 5th Edition tonight, the newbie wanted to play a druid. And did a darn good job at it!

In 3.5, we had another newbie that wanted to play a druid, and then didn't use an animal companion because she was afraid it would get hurt.

In fact, one of my first 3.0/3.5 PCs was a druid.

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Anyone else hear about this happening?

What do you think it will be like?

What do you think it should be like?

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I think it would be neat if there was a feat that let you select a number of weapons equal to your Proficiency Bonus and gain special abilities when using the selected weapon, such as using a flail to negate the AC bonus from a shield, or getting a free trip attempt from a sickle, or the ability to fight like a Spartan with a pike and shield. Stuff like that.

I also think it would be neat to gain half your Proficiency Bonus on saves you are not proficient in.

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32 , Dedicated Voter 2013, Star Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015 aka SmiloDan

I know this is a bit personal, but I had to ask. ;-)

I'm practicing maps for round 2, and I'm wondering what the most common grid size is?

Mine is 26 squares by 26 squares.

What's yours?

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I'm running a 5th level homebrew campaign for an half-elf alchemist, dwarf inquisitor, elf archer rogue, human gunslinger, half-orc monk, and tiefling dual-wielding kukri rogue.

They're going to a Sigily city to look for a portal to an Aztecky dinosaury area. Instead of other dimensions, there are other flying continents.

I'm thinking a Knight of the Post-like cavalier and assorted street urchins might be fun. Maybe some tengu skulks. Also a luckmonger.

Any other ideas?

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My PCs will soon be level 5 in a Planescapy/Firefly-ish campaign, and they'll soon be in an Aztecky area with dinosaurs. What would be some really fun encounters with dinosaurs? I plan on one being a T-Rex vs. Triceratops classic, with the PCs being caught in the action for some reason (maybe environmental mudslide like Goonies or Romancing the Stone?).

the PCs:
A dwarf inquisitor, a half-orc monk, a tiefling two-weapon rogue, an elf archer rogue, and a human gunslinger.

I'm not above re-building the feats and stuff, either. Thinking about a Spring-Attacking T-Rex.

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Quicken Cantrip

You can use low level magic with ease.

Prerequisite: Quicken Spell, Spellcraft 3 ranks.

Benefit: Select one 0-level spell you can cast. You can cast the selected spell as a swift action. This does not increase the level of the spell slot used to cast the cantrip or orison.

Special: You may select this feat multiple times. Each time you do, you must select a different 0-level spell. Even though the name of the feat is Quicken Cantrip, divine casters may select this feat and apply it to orisons.

So, does this seem too powerful? Spells I imagine might be problematic are acid splash, daze, disrupt undead, guidance, jolt, ray of frost, touch of fatigue. Possibly flare, message, open/close, resistance, spark, virtue.

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Is there an archetype for druids that lets them work well with vermin, particularly spiders? I have a new player who might play a drow druid, and I thought having a spider companion and some spidery wildshapes might be fun and flavorful.

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My 5th level gritty 15 point build party (paladin, dark tapestries oracle/rogue(ninja?)/wannabe shadowdancer, Aldori dueling fighter, nomad psion, utility diviner) has a henchman, Milo the Ruffian, Warrior 2. His main schtick is using a heavy crossbow. He gets half XP, so is now on the cusp of 3rd, and has now qualified to get PC levels. He has Toughness and Iron Will, and his stats are 14, 12, 10, 10, 12, 8, I think.

Should we go Ranger or Fighter for him? I'm leaning towards Ranger.

We started out with an inquisitor (eaten by owlbear, replaced by paladin), dueling fighter, and oracle, with 3 henchmen warriors (2 died spectacularly!). Milo the Ruffian has been a survivor.

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Some kind of weird Oracle of Life? Can they choose to spontaneously cast inflict spells?

Evil bard or druid? Evil clerics seem kind of meh at healing, IMHO. An evil alchemist?

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Can a paladin use Smite Evil while using Lay on Hands to harm undead?

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My level 4 or 5 PCs (human pistolero gunslinger, dwarf reach/nonreach inquisitor, half-orc grapple monk, and tiefling dual-wielding rogue) are going to go on a journey into the underdark. They are getting there by taking an elevator ride down in a Huge undead/quasi-construct spider's abdomen. It's going to be a 15 foot wide octagon (3 square by 3 square grid, with triangles in the corners, of course). The webbing is going to be the elevator cable, and the 8 legs will be safety anchors in case the web cord is cut.

Anyways, I plan on having some morlocks attack them by forcing themselves in and using their swarming ability to fill up empty squares, etc. (Morlocks can fit 2 of themselves in one 5 by 5 square.) I like to customize monsters, and am thinking of switching Lightning Reflexes for Combat Reflexes or something.

What other nasties can attack them on this trip? I figure they're going to travel 100 or 200 miles down, at about 5 or 10 mph, so for at least 20 or 40 hours.

I'm considering an incorporeal of some kind, but they're going to be encountering a ghost today, and I want to "re-enact" an encounter one of my PCs went through with a shadow in deep water.

I want to challenge them, but I don't want to kill them. They're kind of lacking in healing and AoE stuff.

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I'm thinking of adding a region to my campaign world that is a combo of China Mieville's Railsea and Felix Gilman's Half-Made World.

Essentially, an iron ocean of railroad lines with a war between tyrranical infernal engines and demonically-possessed gunslingers. I'm pretty sure none of my players have read either of the books inspiring this region of my little cosmos.

Are there any rules in Pathfinder for railroads?

Has anyone experimented with Intelligent magical firearms?

Is there a list of creatures that have the earthglide ability? Or a template that provides it? An earth-gliding kraken sounds like a lot of fun...

The party is a dwarf inquisitor, a human gunslinger, a half-orc monk, and a tiefling rogue.

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My half-orc inquisitor 3 of Desna fed an owlbear.

Now I need a new PC.

We have a fighter (dueling sword) and Dark Tapestries oracle. Sometimes we have a psion, and we can and often hire player-controlled NPC meatshields.

I'm considering a paladin, a fire cleric, and an alchemist. We need lots of healing and some area effect damage. I don't really like arcane casters. Will consider a half-orc scarred witch doctor.

15 point buy, 3rd level, standard wealth by level, 2 traits.

Houserules is no AoOs, 20s autocrit, and if you can explain it, it trumps skill checks.

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One of my players (half-elf alchemist) is leaving, so the remaining 2 players may have to double up and play two PCs each.

One is a LN dwarf inquisitor with a dorn-dergar. The other is a CN human gunslinger/pistorelo.

Any suggestions of what suggestions I should make to the players? Level 3.


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Are there any good Bloodline or Revelation or Domain powers worth combining with the Quicken Spell-like Ability feat?

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Any tips on increasing the longevity of a BBEG? Or just a rival NPC?

I'm running a 2nd level campaign, and I want to introduce a party of rivals. My PCs are an alchemist, fighter, and gunslinger.

Since they're low on healing and condition removal magic, or even detect magic, I want to give them an allied church, but with rivals within the church. The rivals will be a party of "brethren"--cleric, inquisitor, monk, paladin, possibly oracle and Order of the Staff cavalier, maybe ranger, evangelical bard, and/or "white" necromancer.

I'm thinking of making the leader-type a Sunder specialist, and the paladin a half-elf Bludgeoner/Enforcer-type.

I'm thinking of the church being LN, so there will be LG good-guy allies/healers/sages, but also LE scoundrels.

But what do you do to keep NPC and PC rivals from killing each other?

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I'm running a homebrew kinda-Weird Western-themed campaign. Level 2. The party is a human gunslinger, half-elf alchemist, and dwarf reach fighter (re-trained from inquisitor), 25 point builds. All level 2. They also "acquired" a ratfolk 15 point buy alchemist 2. So plenty of potions.

But not a lot of magic. Not even detect magic. All Cha-dumps, so not even UMD is likely.

What kind of problems will being low magic have for this party? They're all smart and imaginative players, but new to PF.


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By Joe Abercrombie.

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I have the Core Rulebook, the Bestiary, and the APG.

Any suggestions of what I should get? Preferably something that's fun to browse a lot.



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We might run a "classic style" campaign. 15 point buy.

I made a half-orc inquisitor 1.
Str 13, Dex 14, Con 12, Int 10, Wis 16, Cha 10.
I took Sacred Tattoo and Shaman's Apprentice alternate racial traits (+1 luck bonus to saves and Endurance as a bonus feat, replaces Orc Ferocity and Intimidating).
For traits, I plan on taking Fate's Favor (increase luck bonuses by +1) and Reactionary (+2 initiative).
For spells, I selected cure light wounds and divine favor (Fate's Favor increases the luck bonus to +2 to attacks and damage).

I plan on being a switch hitter with longbow and greataxe.

I'm trying to determine what feat to take at 1st level. I'm thinking of Improved Initiative (with it, I can get +11 to initiative at 2nd level: +4 for feat, +2 for trait, +2 for Dex, +3 for Wisdom/Cunning Initiative), Diehard (since I have Endurance), and Point Blank Shot.

Initiative seems generally useful for both melee and ranged combat, and for spellchucking later on when I get more attacky spells. Diehard seems like it would let me pretty much double my hit points at 1st level, and it sounds like the campaign might be old school 1st Edition AD&D gritty and brutal. Point Blank Shot will obviously be good at archery, and I can take Power Attack at 3rd level for melee.

I don't know what the other PCs will be. One is usually a tricksy magic-user or swashbuckler type. The other is usually a ranger type or support type.

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I've finished Prince of Thorns and King of Thorns and I'm halfway through Emperor of Thorns and I really like it. A fast-paced combo of GRRM's SoIaF and Gene Wolf's Book of the New Sun, with some Joe Abercrombie and Richard K. Morgan thrown in.

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How would you make Prince Jorg? Just a cunning fighter/rogue?

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Mine would be swashbuckling steampunk Firefly in a dark faerie Planescape (Seelie/Unseelie replacing the Blood War/War of Independents). Quests would be personal (like Azure Bonds) instead of Save The World.

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Hi. Just hit 7th level.
Wyrmscourged Dwarf Barbarian 1/Magus 6 (eventually 19)
Str 16, Dex 13, Con 14, Int 16, Wis 12, Cha 6

Real basic combat gear. AC 20, 63 hp (77 when raging).

1. Power Attack
3. Dodge
5. Combat Casting
6. Arcane Strike
7. Intensify Spell
9. Lunge
11. Improved Critical
12. Weapon Focus-dwarven waraxe
13. Spell Penetration
15. Greater Spell Penetration
17. Toughness
18. Weapon Specialization
19. Greater Weapon Focus

I'm not sure what order to take the feats for levels 11-19. Also, any other suggestions? I've looked over the Magus Guide.

I usually self-buff (enlarge person and shield), and then use either spell combat with shocking grasp or rage and two-hand wield my dwarven waraxe with Arcane Strike.

Arcane Accuracy and Empowered Magic are my arcana.


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Has anyone tried combining a wizard/loremaster with the Eldritch Heritage feat chain? Or maybe a lore oracle/loremaster?

What Eldritch Heritages work best with bookwormy wizards?

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What is the best anti-undead class? Say, 20 point buy, around 6th level?

Cleric? Life Oracle? Paladin? Ranger with undead as favored enemy?

Something cool I'm not thinking of?

Some kind of obscure archetype?




Undead Scourge paladin archetype looks pretty good, maybe with 2-Weapon Fighting and/or Power Attack and Cleave?

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Anyone else notice the bridge of the Betty looks a lot like the bridge of Serenity?

Same writer too.

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I'm starting a 3.5 campaign soon. Gonna be a human cleric of Kord, Luck and Strength domains.
Rolled 4d6, rerolled 1s, dropped lowest.
16 Str, 14 Dex, 14 Con, 12 Int, 15 Wis, 13 Cha.
Boosting Wis at 4, 12, 16, 20, Cha at 8.

Skills: Concentration, Diplomacy, Knowledge Religion, Spellcraft.

Planned feats:
1. Combat Reflexes
1. Divine Vigor (divine feat: +10 ft speed, +2 hp/level)
3. Fiery Burst (reserve feat: 1d6/spell level mini-fireball)
6. Power Attack
9. Quicken Spell (plan on using Quickened divine favor)
12. Improved Counterspell? (I used it a lot with a druid once)
15. ???
18. ???

I plan on using a longspear and acting like a Reach Cleric, mostly casting and relying on AoOs to do melee. Will probably use domain granted enlarge person to get some 2d6+6 spear attacks.

I plan on preparing cause fear, comprehend languages, enlarge person at 1st level.

Any advice? Any really great 1st level spells I should be considering?

We can use any 3.5 material.


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I'm going to be playing a Two-Weapon Fighting Rogue (Swordmaster archetype) in a PbP. I plan on wielding twin wakazashi and eventually going for Butterfly Sting. 20 point buy.

1. Two-Weapon Fighting
2. Rogue Talent: Weapon Finesse
3. Combat Expertise
4. Rogue Talent: Butterfly Sting
5. Improved Initiative???
6. Rogue Talent: Weapon Focus wakazashi

Anyways, any idea what traits I should take?
I'm leaning towards Reactionary and/or the one that helps you confirm criticals.

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We're playing the Kingmaker campaign, about to begin the 2nd chapter. It looks like our regular healer (aasimar cleric of Erastil, archer build) might have difficulty making sessions.

I GMed the 1st chapter, so I'm going to be a new PC. I was going to play a dwarf barbarian 1/magus 3, but if the party needs healing, I can step in. We have a cavalier, so I don't want to play a paladin. We also have a ranger (archer) and a rogue/witch, both with wands of CLW.

So I was thinking of playing an oracle archer, or maybe an elf druid archer. Possibly a bard, since there are 4 PCs, 2 animal companions (horse and leopard), and a familiar, so there is a lot of buffing bang for the buck.

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I want to give a friend a Newford book for her dirty thirty birthday, and I don't know where to begin. Chronologically? Or is there a better intro? Short stories or novel?

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Does anyone know anything about this locale? I'm going to be playing a dragon-hating dwarven barbarian 1/magus 3 in Kingmaker chapter 2, and I was thinking of having him come from there. Or maybe the Golushkin Mountains of Brevoy, like Grayhaven or Highdelve. Or maybe even both. I imagine his barbarian tribe got killed by some dragons, and he took on the path of the magus so he could use magic to fight dragons. I plan on taking the Wyrmscourged and Lore Keeper alternate race features. I figure he could be starting small and try to rid the Stolen Lands of tatzlwyrms.

But what's the deal with Sunder Horn? I couldn't find anything about it in the Inner Sea Guide or the Pathfinder Wiki.

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I'm thinking of focusing on stat boosters, a ring of +5, and a cloak of +5, a cirlet of persuasion, and a few belts of battle. Probably a handy haversack, filled with some low-level weapons I get temporary proficiency in.

Any other ideas?

As a binder, I can summon +4 heavy fortification armor, have at will mindblank, swift summon a Large +3 anarchic warhammer, etc. etc.

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I'm going to making a 20th level binder, and he will sometimes be able to Turn or Rebuke once every 5 rounds.

What are some good Divine Feats?

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I'm playing an elf barbarian in a PbP. He has Power Attack and Pushing Assault. His rage p owers are Auspicious Mark and Raging Leaper, working on Bestial Leaper so he can combine it with Vital Strike (eventually). He's been using the elven racial option for his favored class ability (+1 foot of speed per level).

It's not a terribly tactical-movementy campaign.

Any suggestions for my 5th level feat? I was going to take Shield of Swings, but now I'm questioning it.


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I'm seriously considering re-mapping the Stag Lord's Keep.

My PCs should not read this!:

I think the official map is kind of cramped. Especially for an archer BBEG. I'm thinking of throwing in a big gallery, with a narrow ladder/bridge leading to the Stag Lord's area. The bridge would be over a pit with the owlbear in it. I want to include the 3 big goons too. Probably with the rogue teamed up with some thugs (for flanky goodness), the pal/bar off to the side near some useful equipment (ropes, grappling hooks, poles, etc.), where he can come in, fight, betray, join the PCs, etc. I think I want put the big dummy near the main entrance, and throw in some oubliettes for him to throw PCs into (I re-built him to be a Bludgeoner/Enforcer/Intimidating Prowess-type with a greatclub).

I also re-built the Stag Lord to be a ranger 3/rogue 6 (sniper), CR 7 with his drunkeness. The PCs are pretty competent, and get 3 Hero Points per session.

I'm also giving the major NPCs a Hero Point or 2, I think.

My PCs are 4th level already: A cavalier/fighter, a rogue/witch, an archer cleric, and an archer ranger.

Does this sound like a good idea?

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Can a raging barbarian/magus use Arcane Strike?

"While in rage, a barbarian cannot use any Charisma-, Dexterity-, or Intelligence-based skills (except Acrobatics, Fly, Intimidate, and Ride) or any ability that requires patience or concentration."

What abilities exist that do not require patience or concentration?

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Hi! Can an invisible witch use ventriloquism to hide her location while using the cackle hex?

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I'm playing in a PbP. I have an elven Destined sorcerer 4 with a longspear, Combat Reflexes and Toughness. Spells include alarm, burning hands, color spray, grease, create pit.

Str 14, Dex 16, Con 12, Int 10, Wis 9, Cha 18

The rest of the party is an elven barbarian with a curveblade, an elven rogue archer, and a DMPC healer dog of some kind.

I'm thinking of taking my martial level next. Should I go Cavalier or Fighter? Are there any interesting Mount-less archetypes of Cavalier?

I'm using the Reach Cleric Guide as my build.

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I'm going to have an intro session with only a couple players. I plan on having it take place on the road (trail?) from Restov to Oleg's.

Any ideas? I was thinking maybe some pyromaniac goblins. I was thinking one encounter with multiple little opponents (maybe 1 goblin alchemist and some warriors) and one with a single powerful opponent (something CR 1 or 2 at the most).

I think the PCs will be a magus and a cavalier or fighter. Eventually a 3rd PC will be a cleric or druid archer.

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