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Cayden Cailean

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FullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 635 posts (647 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 2 Pathfinder Society characters. 2 aliases.


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Okay, I have a third actual played-on-Earth card game that should be more popular. It's called Trente et Quarante, or "Thirty and Forty" in Roman Catholic.

First, you get six decks of cards, toss the jokers out (notice a theme going on with these games?) and shuffle them all together really well. Then the players place their bets. There are four possible bets in this game:

Rouge: You're betting that the row marked "red" will be closer to 30.
Noir: You're betting that the row marked "black" will be closer to 30.
Couleur: You're betting that the first card in the winning row is the same color as the winning row (a heart or diamond for Rouge, a club or spade for Noir.)
Inverse: You're betting that the first card in the winning row is the same color as the losing row (a club or spade for Rouge, a heart or diamond for Noir.)

All four bets pay even money.

You can also buy insurance against a refait; that costs you 1% of your wager, to a minimum of 5 gold pieces. What's a refait? You'll find out in a minute.

Once everyone makes their bets, the dealer starts dealing cards out to Noir (aces count as 1, face cards count as 10.) Once he exceeds 30 points, he then starts dealing to Rouge. Again, he stops once Rouge has more than 30 points.

Whichever row is the closest to 30 after going over wins for that color. (If Noir has 35 and Rouge has 34, Rouge wins.) If the first card in the winning row is the same color as the winning row, Couleur wins. If not, Inverse wins.

If both hands tie, that's a push. There is one exception to this: Un apres thirty-one.

Refait: If a refait happens, you have two choices here: You can withdraw half your wager and forfeit the rest to the house, or you can just grin, bear it, and leave your wager on the table for the next hand. (If you paid for insurance on the refait, you get even money on the insurance. Unlike blackjack, where insurance is a step above just giving a ten dollar bill to the dealer, refait insurance is a legitimately reasonable offer, considering a refait happens about once every thirty-eight games.)

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All right lads, here's another nice and easy card game before I head to work. It's called Newmarket (it's also called Chicago and Michigan; Newmarket sounds more fantasy-ish, so let's go with that.)

You need one full deck of cards (minus the jokers, of course) and four cards from another deck: one jack, one queen, one king, and one ace, each of a different suit. (Traditionally, I've seen the Jack of Clubs, Queen of Diamonds, King of Spades, and Ace of Hearts, but so long as you have those four ranks and those four suits, you're good to go.) You put the four spare cards down in the middle of the table.

Everybody has to wager five gold pieces: One goes into the central ante, and the other four go on the four spare cards we just placed in the center of the table. You can wager those four GP however you want, whether all four on one card, or one on each, or two each on two cards.

The dealer then shuffles, cuts, and deals every card out. One extra hand, called the "widow" or "dead hand," is also dealt; this is not played (or even looked at) but will be important in a few minutes. This may mean someone gets less cards than the others. That's fine.

The player to the dealer's left gets the first play. He can play any suit he wants, so long as it's the LOWEST rank he holds. (If I have the eight and six of clubs, I have to play the six.) Whoever holds the next highest rank plays that, and so on. If nobody is holding the next card, whoever played the last card gets the honor of leading the next run. (Again, he can play any suit so long as he starts with the lowest rank he has.)

If anybody plays one of the four cards with coins we put in the middle of the table, they win the coins on it. Whoever empties their hand first wins the center ante. Any coins still on the cards after the ante is won are left there for the next deal.

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Some people say poker is the best card game in the world. I say they are F%$*ING *WRONG.*

The best card game, and one that really really needs more play, is called Napoleon. (Problem is, Earth's the only place that HAD a Napoleon, but don't you worry, the game's also alternately called Nap.) Though traditionally played as a five-card game, I prefer the seven-card variant which I'll talk about below.

You get one deck of cards minus the jokers and a total of five people (you can play Nap with three to six people, but five works best.) Everybody gets seven cards. The player immediately to your left gets the first chance to bid.

HOW BIDDING WORKS: You look at your cards and bid based on how many tricks you think you can win. The bids, from lowest to highest, are:

The Bids:
Three - You try to win three tricks. If you do, everyone pays you three gold pieces. If you do not, you pay everyone three gold pieces each.

Four - You try to win four tricks. If you do, everyone pays you four gold pieces. If you do not, you pay everyone four gold pieces each.

Five (or "Nap") - You try to win five tricks. If you do, everyone pays you ten gold pieces. If you do not, you pay everyone five gold pieces each.

Misere - You think your hand sucks, so you're gonna play this game to lose. If you lose all seven tricks, everyone pays you ten gold pieces. If you take one trick, you owe everyone five gold pieces.

Six - You try to win six tricks. If you do, everyone pays you eighteen gold pieces. If you do not, you pay everyone nine gold pieces each.

Seven (or "the lot") - You think you have a real boss hand and think you can win all seven tricks. If you're right, everyone at the table pays you 24 gold pieces. If you're wrong, you pay everyone twelve gold pieces each.

Wellington (or "the double," because the Duke of Wellington was never on Golarion) - You can only call this bid if someone bids seven. A Wellington bid is you saying your hand can totally take all seven tricks and is better than everyone else's. If you win all seven tricks, everyone owes you 48 gold pieces. If you lose one trick, you pay everyone 24 gold pieces.

Blucher (or "the redouble," as again, Gebhard Leberecht van Blucher was only on one planet) - You can only call this bid if someone bids Wellington. A Blucher bid is you saying that a) You have the best seven cards in the deck and can totally win seven tricks, and b) You are a deranged lunatic. If you actually win all seven tricks, everyone owes you 96(!) gold pieces. If you don't win all seven tricks, you owe everyone 48 gold pieces (and will probably get brutally beaten if you can't pay up because you're only a first-level adventurer.)

Starting from the dealer's left, everyone gets a chance to bid or pass. Once everyone has a chance to bid, whoever had the highest bid has the honor of playing the first card. The first card's suit is the trump suit for the entire round (unless you bid Misere, in which case there's no trump suit) and everyone has to follow the suit, just like in Hearts.

Play continues until the bidder makes his contract or becomes unable to. Everyone pays up, the cards get gathered and shuffled, and a new round begins.

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Anton's name was added to the To Absent Friends memorial at Earth Spacedock if you play Star Trek Online. (At least on the test server.)

And this isn't just a case of "We added Anton's life years and an optimistic quote to the first page of the flavor text." When I say "Cryptic added Anton Yelchin to the memorial," I mean "The graphics design team made the memorial taller and added 'Anton Yelchin' under 'Leonard Nimoy' and 'DeForest Kelley.'"

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Your Second Achievement Rights: Achievements about firearms in Pathfinder!

Bang, Headshot
Learn Greater Weapon Specialization (M1895 Mosin-Nagant Revolvers).

Ca-CHUCK!
Score a critical hit with a double-barreled shotgun firing two slugs.

The Colonel Anthony Rogers Memorial Achievement
Deal 1000 total damage with a laser pistol or laser rifle.

Glory Kill
Score a critical hit with an X-laser.

format c: /u
Deal 1000 total damage with an EMP pistol or EMP rifle.

Dud Fire
Have a 1 HD creature survive a direct hit from a rocket launcher.

Fry 'Em Clean, Soldier
Deal 1000 total damage with a plasmathrower.

Indistinguishable From Magic
Get a total +10 worth of enchantments on any one of the following modern or futuretech firearms: arc pistol/rifle, gravity pistol/rifle, laser pistol/rifle, Lawrence 1917 flamethrower, Madsen light machine gun, Maxim machine gun, Mosin-Nagant M1985 revolver, Mosin-Nagant M1987 rifle, sonic pistol/rifle, zero pistol/rifle.

I Don't Think That's How This Feat Works
Learn Greater Weapon Specialization (Death Rays).

I Only Have Ten Bullets, So Some Of You Will Have to Share
Learn Greater Weapon Specialization (Madsen Light Machine Guns).

(INSERT GUILE'S THEME HERE)
Deal 1000 total damage with a sonic pistol or sonic rifle.

Mutilated Monster Meat
Every single square in a rocket launcher's blast radius was occupied by a Small or Medium creature.

Not An Improvised Weapon
Actually kill someone with an autograpnel.

Not As Cool As I Thought It Was
Earn the achievement directly below this when you are the PC with gunslinger levels.

Not As Cool As You Think It Is
Craft a sawed-off shotgun or double-barreled shotgun despite a PC with gunslinger levels telling you how bad of an idea it is.

Nuke It Till It Glows
Irradiate 50 creatures with the atom gun.

One Shot, One Kill
Learn Greater Weapon Specialization (Mosin-Nagant M1897 Rifles).

PC Like Big Boom
Kill at least ten creatures with one single shot from a rocket launcher.

Set Phasers to Frag
Knock out fifty creatures with a stun gun.

Spraytheist
Learn Greater Weapon Specialization (Maxim Machine Guns).

Terran Firebat
Learn Greater Weapon Specialization (Lawrence 1917 Flamethrowers).

There's No Kill Like Overkill
Learn Greater Weapon Specialization (Rocket Launchers).

There's Only Two Settings: "Keep Firing" and "I Need To Reload"
Kill a 1 HD creature with a death ray, rocket launcher, or X-laser.

There's That Word Again, "Heavy"
Deal 1000 total damage with a gravity pistol or gravity rifle.

WUT KILD ZE DINOSAURS? ZE ICE AGE
Deal 1000 total damage with a zero pistol or zero rifle.

Zap Zap, You're Dead!
Deal 1000 total damage with an arc pistol or arc rifle.

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Yes, there is a major disparity.

I'm still discounting that analysis from way upthread just because a lot of the obituaries I posted were extremely s%+# luck or blatant stupidity on the group's part. (Plus Ziggy lost his character sheet in one of the Jade Regent deaths.)

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I'm gonna type this up, and I'm gonna do something I never do: I'm gonna favorite my own post so I can come back to it after Starfinder comes out and see where I went right/wrong.

Anyway. Snorb's completely baseless class speculation/wishlist is go~!!

Soldier: Even in the far future, war is won and lost by boots on the ground. Soldiers have one job on a team of adventurers, and that is to be the best at killing new lifeforms and civilizations. I'm guessing that they'll have some kind of weapon training like the fighter, possibly some kind of favored enemy like the ranger. Possible options here include shock troops (lightly-armored glass cannon soldiers), ship gunner (good at ground combat, better at space combat!) and genetically-engineered freaks of nature designed for combat (think like the Terrines from Buck Rogers XXVc: barbarians and/or the Helix Warrior from d20 Future.)

Pilot: When you wanna go where you wanna go. Pilots are great at flying anything, from the Tarrasque-class heavy carrier to that pathetic little airspeeder you got second-hand from your uncle in a game of seven card Napoleon[1]. My speculation here is that pilots would be able to grant bonuses to the ships/wrecks they fly, whether in speed, accuracy, or firepower. Guesses as to class options/archetypes include ace fighter pilots (better at flying fighter craft, like the A-Wing), or battleship line crew (better with larger ships, like the Odyssey class starship. If you prefer Star Trek Online to not be canon, pretend I said "Sovereign class" instead.)

Medic: Look, I work in a pharmacy, it's 2016, people still get hurt and sick. You're always gonna need someone to help you get better. I posted my speculation about this earlier in my post history, but the gist of it: You have a great first aid kit. You can use it to CureTreat Light/Moderate/Serious/Critical Wounds. Expansions for it would allow you to perform the equivalents of Channel Energy, Lay on Hands, Neutralize Poison, Cure Disease, Regeneration (the spell, not the thing that turned Paul McGann into John Hurt[2]), Breath of Life, perhaps even Raise Dead. Possible variants/options for medics would be the xenobiologist (specifically trained in treating injuries on creatures outside their species) or empathic healer (their healing is a psychic version of the paladin's Lay on Hands ability, complete with mercies, but they suffer the injuries they heal. Or perhaps half of the injuries if that's too cruel.)

Engineer: While a pilot flies a ship, the soldier kills things that try to hurt the ship, and the medic fixes the people on the ship, the engineer tries to fix the ship. I'm guessing that they would be able to Repair Light/Moderate/Serious/Critical damage for a ship (and maybe androids!), jury-rig damaged ship components, and possibly engage in electronic warfare (like unbuffing enemy ships in combat.) As for their non-ship abilities, I think they'd be able to build some insta-turrets for ground control. (I was looking at the STO wiki.) No real thoughts on class options/archetypes here, guys. Sorry. I am disappoint ;_;

Hack: There's always gonna be rogues, even in the year Four Hundred Billion. Their lockpicks are more the futuretech equivalent of a smartphone, though. Hacks would be able to break electronic security, whether they are biological scanners, coded entry locks, magnetic locks, or simple modern deadbolts. I think they'd have an ability to generate a personal cloaking field for stealth purposes (but God, nothing like the ninja's Greater Invisibility ninjutsu. Having one of those made running Jade Regent a nightmare.) and, that tried and true rogue favorite, sneak attack. Possibilities here? Fixers (guys who know a guy who's friends with someone whose brother is married to a fellow who traded business cards with someone the next urinal over who can get you what you need) and smugglers (who can hide all the illegal stuff you're gonna sell for space bucks. Of course, one world's perfectly legal battle rifles are highly illegal the next system over...)

Scientist: Every game about science fiction/science fantasy needs at least one class who's there for SCIENCE~!! and this guy's it. You know the type. Can create effects similar to alchemist formulae, can create technological devices, is really REALLY smart.

Esper: Look, "psychic" is already taken, it's 2 am, and I was never creative to begin with. Espers get a small suite of psychic abilities, and I don't mean "wizard spells but psychic" like the actual psychic class. I mean stuff like telepathy, telekinesis, pyrokinesis, psychic blades like the soulknife (which I forgot was OGL because of the Expanded Psionics Handbook) pre/postcognition, remote viewing, and astral projection. Smaller scale stuff than making a dragon up and vanish like a fart in the wind because it failed a saving throw. Possible variants could include a technomancer (trading the telepathy for machine empathy; I bet you never saw "I'm going to read your hard drive's mind" in the English language until now!)

[1]This is a real card game.
[2]Or Matt Smith into Peter Capaldi. Or Jon Pertwee into Tom Baker. Or Colin Baker into Sylvester McCoy. Or...

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I'm not sure about the level you're playing at, but one of my friends had a 12th level cleric/paladin who specialized in Channel Energy and Lay on Hands. He did indeed take Extra Lay on Hands, Extra Mercy, and Extra Channel.

He only prepared the Cure Wounds spells from his paladin spell list, despite his 26 Charisma.

He also only used Light and Stabilize from the cleric spell list, but I think that was only because having 10 Wisdom limits a cleric to his zeroth-level spells.

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If there's only one type of humanoids, you still have Aberration, Animal, Construct, Dragon, Humanoid (Human), Magical Beast, Monstrous Humanoid, Ooze, Outsider (Air), Outsider (Chaotic), Outsider (Earth), Outsider (Evil), Outsider (Fire), Outsider (Good), Outsider (Lawful), Outsider (Native), Outsider (Water), Plant, Undead, and Vermin as favored enemy choices! =p

(Note that having only one type of humanoid deletes goblins, orcs, bugbears, and hobgoblins from the setting; they're Humanoid (Goblinoid).)

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I've read various Pathfinder and D&D books cover-to-cover. (The toughest one was the Fourth Edition Monster Manual, but, hey, I needed *something* to do during Hurricane Sandy.)

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Star Trek Online handled this in a way I enjoy: Starfleet finally (finally!) reissued personal force field belts (last seen in The Animated Series!) and those serve as a per-encounter HP pool.* Body armor reduced damage by a percentage depending on armor and quality.

I'm guessing this can be handled in Starfinder by having shield belts grant temporary HP (like a much better False Life), and armor grants damage reduction/energy resistance.

*Being physically attacked bypassed this pool and directly damaged your actual HP, but the only weapons that do this that I know of are your fists, Klingon targ bites/claws, bat'leths, lirpas, Tsunkatse swords, and Zephram Cochrane's Shotgun.

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Minor note about "If it has stats, you can kill it:" Decipher's Star Trek: The Roleplaying Game has stats for the Borg Collective. (Well, one stat, actually: the Collective's ability to resist mind melds. Individual Borg have Strength/Vitality buffs, social penalties, and can assimilate to phaser fire with an extremely convoluted mechanic.)

(SPOILER: Directly connecting your brain to the Borg Collective IS A SUPREMELY BAD IDEA and can result in serious injury and/or death. Data was extremely lucky in The Best of Both Worlds that Locutus/the Collective didn't bodyjack him.)

Anyway, no Borg. At least, not the technozombie "assimilate all non-Kazon at any cost" Borg we got in BOBW and Voyager. If there's Borg, make them technovores like they were originally supposed to be.

(Fun fact: The disappearance of Federation and Romulan observation posts that came up in TNG Season One were supposed to be the Borg's doing; the Bluegill from that episode* were supposed to be their heralds. Then the Writers' Guild strike happened.)

*You know. "Conspiracy." That episode where Picard and Riker phaser a guy until his head explodes in an embarrassingly s~$@ty special effect that somehow manages to look even worse on the Blu-Ray release.

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A blaster pistol in Star Wars Saga Edition was amazingly lethal. =p

(Then again, it was targeting 10 + Dex mod + level OR armor bonus...)

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Space bucks. =p

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>fire arrow

The arrow flies off into space, never to be used again. That makes the third one this combat. Just wait till your boss finds out.

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Muser wrote:

Tumi<3

Holy s!&!, someone else played the Inca series!? :D

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When you cast a spell normally, you can deliver one free touch attack with it. Ranged Spellstrike replaces that touch attack with a bow attack.

For example, you can cast Magic Missile and fire your bow; your target takes the bow's damage and is hit with Magic Missile if you hit your target with the bow, so long as your target's in the range for Magic Missile.

If your spell creates more than one projectile (such as with Magic Missile at higher levels), you only get one projectile per attack you're entitled to (based on either your BAB or how many projectiles your spell creates, whichever is worse. If you can cast Scorching Ray and get two rays, but you only have the BAB for one attack, you're only firing one ray.)

The drawback to this is your attack against your target's Touch AC is instead an attack against their normal AC.

This replaces the Spellstrike ability in the vanilla magus, which let you do basically the same thing except with a melee attack.

Fun fact about why Spellstrike is fun: There's a magus arcana that lets you use Spellstrike with another spellcasting class's spells, if you have levels of that class. I picked cleric. (We fought a lot of undead.)

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As written? No.

As intended? Just go with what PFS does.

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Dexion1619 wrote:
I hope we see some Form of Damage gradient system (Similar to Firepower /Toughness in Alternity or MegaDamage in Rifts). Tracking damage to vessels with thousands of HP dealing hundreds of damage per attack just doesnt seem feasible. Much easier to simply state something like "Vehicular weapons deal double damage against any target Size large or smaller and Space Craft weapons deal 10x damage vs targets size Huge or smaller." (For example).
I would lower the threshold for death due to massive damage.

"You took a direct hit from a starship-scale rail gun. I don't care what the rules say about rolling dice, you're dead meat, man."

"But I've got 129 HP--"

"The barrel opening on that rail gun was the size of a Buick."

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Your bow, made from the latest composite materials, launches an arrow with flexible foam fletching, a graphite shaft... and an explosive-tipped arrowhead.

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Smaller Ships:

* A-Wing Starfighter (Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
* USS Defiant (NX-74205) (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
* The Tumi (Inca & Inca II: Wiracocha) Christ, talk about obscure computer games!

Larger Ships:

* Serenity (Firefly/Serenity)
* USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-F) (Star Trek Online) Hey, as far as I care, the Odyssey class is canon! =p
* The Outrider YT-2400 Heavy Freighter (Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire/like five seconds of Star Wars: A New Hope)

Honorable Mentions

* Your unnamed ship (Solar Winds: The Escape & Solar Winds: UNIVERSE) I LIKE OLD COMPUTER GAMES FROM THE 90S ALL RIGHT
* Protoss Scout (Starcraft)
* USS Rio Grande (NCC-72452) (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) (Fun fact: Out of all the runabouts assigned to DS9, the Rio Grande was the only one to survive the entire series!)
* Enterprise (NX-01) (Star Trek: Enterprise)

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Yerdiss, I'm almost insulted you don't have When Gravity Fails on that list. =p

Anyway, Owen question: If I were to take my Space Hoopty and fly it through the space where Golarion should be, would everything be okay, or would my trajectory be affected by gravity as if the planet were still there?

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Some new stuff, some reissues.

Are We Guardians, or are we Scouts?
Your party is five magical girl vigilantes.

For Professional Paranormal Investigations
Craft one undeadbane crossbow or firearm for each party member.

Gaze Into the Face of Fear!
Earn twenty levels of the mesmerist class.

Gaze Into the Fist of DREDD!
Kill someone with a grapple attack.

If You Saw This Coming, You Must Be Psychic
Earn twenty levels of the psychic class.

Just Like Rosangela Blackwell
Earn twenty levels of the spiritualist class.

Sometimes I Think *All* My Friends Are Imaginary
Earn twenty levels of the medium class.

Technically, An Evil Miracle Is Still a Miracle
Provide the most profane bonuses to the party. (Thanks to HyperMissingNo.)

Then the Fire Nation Attacked
Earn twenty levels of the kineticist class.

Who the Hell Do You Think I Am?
Earn twenty levels of the vigilante class.

You'll Bring Honor to Us All
Learn Greater Weapon Specialization (Katanas) and Greater Weapon Specialization (Wakizashis).

You Feel Like You're About to Have a Bad Time
Fight the campaign setting's equivalent of Sans.

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This is where I mention one of my favorite rules about buying any kind of spacefaring vessel:

(About buying a rocketship in the Buck Rogers XXVc game)

"We said you could buy a ship. We didn't say it would be cheap."

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On the one hand, Tomb of Horrors is a s&#%ty adventure.

On the other hand, it's a gaming rite-of-passage, isn't it? "See how close you get to Acererak before something bends, folds, spindles, and mutilates your character."

Fun fact: John Wick, the creator of Legend of the Five Rings, is probably the smartest person to ever play through the Tomb of Horrors. The DM gave each character in Wick's party 70,000 gold to buy gear, and said to Wick that if he knew what a trap in the Tomb was (he played through it once already) he was allowed to tell the rest of the group what it was.

In John Wick's own words:
"Wait a minute," I replied. "Seventy thousand?!"

"Yes."

"One gold piece feeds a family of four for a year. And we have seventy thousand of them?"

The GM nodded again. "That's right."

I told the other players, "F$#& this dungeon! Let's go home, live like kings. We don't need to go in there! We each have seventy thousand gold pieces! Let's buy a tavern... no, let's buy a city and be done with this."

To their credit, each of the other players considered that notion for a moment... then they decided they wanted to play the adventure anyway.

"Okay," I said, and I bought the one and only magical item I would need.

Shenanigans:
He bought a Bag of Holding.

He then convinced the rest of the party, one at a time, to leave all their stuff behind and crawl into the gaping demon's maw in the first room of the Tomb.

You know. The one with the Sphere of Annihilation in its mouth.

He then said "F#%% this dungeon," sold the magic items, and proceeded to live like a king.

Why didn't John tell the rest of the group about the Sphere of Annihilation?

Because it's an artifact. Not a trap. =p

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So, the starship crew. Obviously, the pilot flies the ship and prevents it from getting shot full of holes. And anyone serving as a gunner gets to roll the d20s that send beam weapons, missiles, dumbfire cannon slugs, rail gun bolts, &c. at the bad guys.

But what of the rest of the crew?

Engineers can do things like repair the ship, of course (if only to jury rig the hull or get a weapon powered so it'll fire again) but they're also responsible for jeeping the ship powered. I don't see why they couldn't temporarily divert power from one system to another during combat (say, -2 to attack rolls in exchange for +2 shield bonus to Defense by diverting power to shields, similar to fighting defensively.)

Scientists might be able to use electronic warfare from their bridge stations (acting as Aid Another, grant a Blur effect against incoming missiles, using the ship equivalent of Dirty Trick...)

Security teams (including some particularly daring PCs!) could be set up to repel boarders, and possibly lead boarding parties to sabotage and/or capture enemy vessels. (There's nothing like seeing an enemy vessel suddenly swing about and open fire on her comrades!)

Point is, space combat isn't just (and shouldn't just) be about two or more ships just trading lasers until one of them goes up in a s~!!ty 1960s Star Trek special effect. Everyone can have their role in victory.

EDIT: Oh, and leveling the ship up with the PCs (like the caravan rules) would be awesome too.

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Why make Golarion disappear?

The same reason we have Star Trek '09: Because Star Trek: Nemesis f#~!in' killed the franchise we need an excuse for younger/sexier Alternate Universe versions of Ameiko and Shalelu, of course! =p

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Better medkits, of course. =p

Or a class outright called the medic. They can fight meh-tacularly, but they shine in using their medical kits to Cure Light/Moderate/Serious/Critical Wounds, or to Lay on Hands, or to Neutralize Poison, or to Cure Disease, or to Regenerate, or to Breath of Life, or to even pull off a medical miracle and Raise Dead... (And they'd have medical knacks to make stuff like this easier/better/faster/easier to treat outside your species. Not everyone keeps their genitals renal organs in the same place, you know!)

Or empathic psychic healing. Think of it like Lay on Hands, except you take the wounds you healed your patient of.

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I want space battles. Ship-on-ship space battles. Battles between two ships in atmo, with the winner soaring triumphantly above the cumulonimbus layer and the loser destined to meet the cumulogranite layer.

I want fighters screaming at Mach 9 armed with the rail gun equivalent of the M209 Vulcan. (Because while beam weapons are cool, kinetic energy is STILL the best way to kill somebody, even in the Amazing Year Four Hundred Billion!)

I want dreadnoughts the size of the Burj Khalifah, clad in armor that'd make the tarrasque look thin-skinned, with missiles the size of my house.

I want battleships with massive wave motion guns that take several combat rounds to charge up. (Paizo Legal Department: Are we allowed to call them Yamato Cannons, or is that inviting a lawsuit?)

I want to see ships equipped with fuel scoops flying dangerously close to a system star to ramscoop raw hydrogen.

I want to see the word "uvaser" in a Paizo product. (What the hell is a uvaser, I can hear you ask? If a laser is light amplified by stimulated emissions of radiation, a uvaser is ultraviolet light amplified by stimulated emissions of radiation. It's higher frequency than visible light, resulting in a denser beam/bolt... in theory, anyway.)

I'd like to see the Fast-Play Ship Combat from the Gamemastery Guide adapted and expanded to handle space combat. Hell, I will do it myself if I need to.

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FedoraFerret wrote:
I have one small strange thing I don't want included: shared languages. Races who've evolved differently on different planets shouldn't necessarily be able to speak each others languages easily. I would much rather we get an understanding that every species speaks its own language, and there are universal translator systems in the vein of Farscape and Mass Effect. A bit of realism, you can keep translation issues dealing with planets and species that don't have access to translators, and most importantly, I can create an alien scientist character who learned Taldane in order to guarantee efficient conveying of ideas to his shipmates, thus giving me Mordin.

I mentioned this in my last post, but the old PC space exploration game Ironseed handled speaking with aliens really well.

There are half a million people in the galaxy you drifted into that can speak English. (By stunning coincidence, they are all on your ship.) There are eleven spacefaring species that come and go through the galaxy. None of them speak English. Like, at all.

The good news: Your ship has an automatic translation device.

The bad news: It does not know the languages of said eleven spacefaring species; it'll put their words into English, but after you deal with the somewhat unusual syntax that'll inevitably come up, you're still gonna have to make some educated guesses as to the intent. (If you tell, say, the Phaedor Moch, that you have something they need and they say something about trading for it, it's on you whether they're gonna give you some stuff from their cargo holds or a couple missiles before you can get your shields up and running.)

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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
As far as "netrunning" goes, what we know we DON'T want is a system that encourages most of the players to do nothing while one player uses a subsystem to accomplish something while they twiddle their thumbs. This is true regardless of what that subsystem is, and it's certainly something we are looking out for.

Hm. Maybe something like what Shadowrun Returns does might be in order. (The rest of the party gets their turn in realspace, then your decker gets his turn in cyberspace. Works nice in combat but not sure how it'd work outside of combat.)

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What I Want From Starfinder:

* Adapt the Fast Play Ship Combat rules from the Gamemastery Guide to space combat. (I'm doing it for a Microlite20 game!)

* Gyrojet pistols/rifles. (Google them, or watch You Only Live Twice.) Seriously, these need more love.

* A nonmagical way to add effects to weapons/armor, like the Workshops from Knights of the Old Republic I and II.

* Do away with guns operating against Touch AC.

* CONTROVERSIAL: Make any magic-using classes have their spells per encounter, not per day, and massively reduce how many spell slots they get. At the same time, make a way to recover some (but not all) spell slots between encounters.

* Give martials cooldown-based powers. (Like the Binder class from Tome of Magic.)

What I Don't Want:

* Dwarves, elves, halflings, gnomes, or orcs.

* Every alien can speak perfect English. The old PC game Ironseed handled this the best: There were half a million people in the galaxy who could speak English, and they were all aboard your ship. The automatic translator did its best to try to translate alien language, but you had to make some educated guesses and deal with some really *odd* syntax.

* Wish, Miracle, Reality Revision, or any similar powers.

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GM 1990 wrote:


"Blind, Drunk, Burning, Reach, Flanking.." Que the next rules thread debate. :-)

I've seen that Adv cancels Dis, but I have a 2d Adv type thing come up on Matt Mercer's game Critical Role. So even though it seems like it'll make things simpler (and it certainly does seem to do that in the 5E game engine) at higher levels it can still start to create almost an endless "do loop".

The way it worked was if you're blind, you have disadvantage on attack rolls; if you're drunk, you have disadvantage on all d20 rolls and 1d6 damage resistance whenever you took it; if you're on fire, you take 1d6 fire damage/round (possibly negated by the damage resistance for being drunk, and yes, that's how it worked in the playtests, and anyone who melee attacks you takes 1d6 fire damage; having a reach weapon gave you disadvantage on attack rolls against adjacent opponents; and flanking an opponent gave you advantage on the attack roll. So you ultimately roll 1d20 to attack.

Not surprisingly, this was dealt with in the next batch of playtests. (I think that was the playtest round that said "You know, rogues don't really need Sneak Attack..." The next round came four days later and was pretty much "We were wrong!" Then again, playtest Sneak Attack was extremely lethal.)

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Mathematically, it's sound; I think it worked out to +/- 2.5.

Otherwise, it's up to you. Just remember if you do add advantage/disadvantage that if you have advantage and disadvantage on the same roll, you ultimately roll 1d20.

(Mechanically, somebody figured out during the Fifth Edition playtest that the best fighter is a blind drunk guy who was on fire, using a polearm, and flanking an opponent.)

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Baval wrote:
(The Horrifying Injury Table in Warhammer 40k RPGs)

I remember that in Rogue Trader; my favorite is "The laspistol melts your head; roll 1d10 and that's your new Fellowship score. If your Fellowship score is 10 or less, nothing happens (your companions can't tell the difference.)"

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  • "Who's your favorite Firefly character?! Because mine's Wash!"

    Something I've said quite a few times when I roll a wash in our group's Vampire the Masquerade chronicle. (Clarification: My actual favorite is Jayne.)

  • "Who's your favorite Renaissance painter?! Because mine's Hieronymus BOTCH!"

    ...I've said this too for botching. Keep in mind, my Vampire character is an eleven foot tall half-ton Gargoyle with Strength 4, Protean 2 equivalent, and Potence 5, so when he screws up, people *die.*

  • "Oops! You bought peach rings!"

    From a really weird video one of our friends showed us before a game. We use this from time to time when someone rolls poorly. ("Okay, initiatives. Sir Geoffrey Longsword got 17, MageBot 3000 got a 12, Sir Runsa Lott got a 15, Urist McDorf got a 13 somehow, and the bad guys bought the peach rings. You go first.")

  • "Oh, undead suddenly pop up out of nowhere."

    From a poorly-thought-out game of Expedition to Castle Ravenloft, where the DM said right before a combat with undead that "Undead don't just pop up out of nowhere." We use this when we fight undead.

  • "d6 rounds to win."

    From our Legacy of Fire game that the same DM clearly didn't read the encounter. (He was playing for us to lose.) Guess what we say when we fight final bosses now.

  • "Grils," "kobloid," "aclove," "dinghy shack," "gravy and shift."

    One other DM runs great games, but some of the Pathfinder Society modules he ran for us had some badly-edited flavor text he read as it was printed (as above.) Except for "kobloid;" he legit thought that's how you say "kobold."

  • "The Dripping Wench Tavern"

    We needed the name of a bar, Cityscape had a table to roll off of to get a tavern name. This was the result. Guess what has franchises all over our campaign setting? (Not this place, thank Armok.)

  • "AmmmMMMMMMMMMMMMMMericaaaaaaaaaaaan BRONson!"

    An NPC in our Vampire game. Think Teddy Roosevelt if he were the only Tremere on the planet who didn't have a single dot of Thaumaturgy.

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    I'm the friend!

    I'm also surprised Magus isn't on that list.

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    Put On the Glasses
    Recreate the fist fight from THEY LIVE in Pathfinder.

    PUT ON. THE F@**ING. GLASSES.
    Earn the "Put On the Glasses" achievement without having Improved Unarmed Strike, monk levels, brawler levels, or a monk's robe.

    The Greatest Bardic Music Ever Played
    Use the theme from Escape From New York as your Inspire Courage song.

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    Lamontius wrote:
    please explain the caster/martial disparity

    Casters are really, really good at doing one thing, as are martials. Problem is, the martials' one thing is "apply sharp end of katana to monster," and the casters' one thing is "bend and/or break the laws of the universe across my face."

    Lamontius wrote:
    can someone elaborate on when a paladin should fall

    Whenever there's no ground beneath his feet, of course.

    Lamontius wrote:
    how do I do grappling

    Don't.

    Lamontius wrote:
    why does the rogue even exist

    If you notice the rogue, she's not really much of a rogue, is she? (Or am I confusing her for the ninja?)

    Lamontius wrote:
    how do armor spikes work

    Armor spikes work like the rules say they work.

    Lamontius wrote:
    is charm person an evil act

    Probably not.

    Lamontius wrote:
    why are most CN characters complete dumpsters

    Because most people get off on annoying people with playing sociopaths who civilized societies like Athas or Faerun would have had executed for doing the things people think Chaotic Neutral characters!

    Lamontius wrote:
    explain sacred geometry interactions plz

    Carry the theta, plus or minus epsilon, then you divide by -i. If you got Planck's Number, your character passes the Test of the Starstone.

    Lamontius wrote:
    should I rollplay or roleplay

    First one, then the other.

    Lamontius wrote:
    how much can I optimize before I am considered a cheesing powergamer

    When "Wizard (Diviner) 20" appears on your character sheet, a cheesing powergamer you are, Grasshopper =p

    Lamontius wrote:
    why do the forums smell like burning tires

    Don't blame me; blame the f#*+ing Taco Bell Steak Quesarito.

    ...I wonder if Taco Bell will give me free quesaritos if I say "Taco Bell" and "quesarito" enough times in this post.

    .....

    ......Taco Bell. Quesarito.

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    In my observations:

    One player almost exclusively plays women with rather... fanservicey character pictures.[1]

    A second player likes playing monks when able.

    My best friend tends to play younger characters.

    As for myself, I lean towards "extremely violent sociopaths."

    Interestingly, the characters my best friend and I play usually wind up becoming very good friends (Curse of the Crimson Throne, Legacy of Fire when my character isn't wandering out into the desert to die-- long story, Carrion Crown) or, in the case of Iron Gods, eventually married and had a child (despite the DM for that saying we all died in a thermonuclear explosion.)

    [1]Thankfully, I haven't had to threaten to run HoL; there's a rule in that game that specifically says your character must be male "because no woman has ever been unlucky or stupid enough to wind up here."

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    BLOOD! BLOOD FOR ARMOK, GOD OF BLOOD!
    Learn Greater Weapon Specialization (Chainsaws).

    I Can Still Bleed on You
    Do slashing, bludgeoning, or piercing damage despite having lost both of your arms.

    I Never Asked For This
    Replace both of your arms and legs with cybernetic arms and legs.

    If It's a Tie, You Lose
    Kill an enemy after you yourself are killed.
    The reference is a hard to find death from Police Quest I.

    Shadow of the Beast
    Spend more time wildshaped than as a humanoid.

    The Ultimate Firmware Upgrade
    Play an android with both arms and legs replaced with cybernetic arms and legs.

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    Erik the Cleric: Alan.
    Alan Not-an-Antipaladin: Y-yeah?!
    Erik: If you urinate on that altar, I'm gonna give you such a whooping. Don't do it. Don't think about doing it. Don't think about loopholes about it. Don't cast Desecrate on it. Just walk away from that altar.
    Alan: But if I just want to pray?
    Erik: Prayers to the Dragon are fine. Anyone else, and... well... (nods to the monk)
    Tae Kwon Kill: (bows; gong plays in the distance) あなたの鼻の穴を通して、あなたの嫌いな人を引き裂くために大変光栄になります。 It will be a great honor to tear your rectum out through your nostrils.
    Alan: Is that supposed to be a threat? No, seriously. I have no idea what the hell he just said.

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    I would say forced movement doesn't provoke opportunity attacks unless you have an effect that says otherwise (such as Greater Bull Rush.)

    Backhacking this from Fifth Edition, which actually does say "forced movement doesn't provoke."

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    Armored Monk
    Learn Greater Weapon Specialization (Unarmed Attacks).

    David vs. Goliath
    Kill any enemy with the Giant subtype... with a sling.

    Grappling With Grappling Rules
    Learn Greater Weapon Specialization (Grapple) and Greater Grapple.

    I Thought They Smelled Bad on the Outside
    Get swallowed whole by ten monsters and escape by cutting through their stomachs.

    Incident at Owl Creek Bridge
    Survive getting hanged.

    It's a Katana on a Stick! How is THAT Honorable!?
    Learn Greater Weapon Specialization (Naginatas).

    Party Needs Food Badly
    Your adventuring party is an elf ranger, a human fighter with Weapon Focus (Greataxe), a female human fighter with Weapon Focus (Longsword) and Shield Focus, and an old human evoker wizard.

    Purina Brand Monster Chow
    Get knocked unconscious while swallowed whole.

    Ram the Bastards
    Ram ten vessels with your ship. Battering ram optional.

    The Sudden Stop at the End
    Survive a 200'+ fall without Slow Fall, Feather Fall, or any other means of checking your fall.

    The Mission Was to SLAY the Dragon
    Have sex with a true dragon.

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    So, about the alchemist achievement I called "How Breaking Bad Should Have Ended," that's because Breaking Bad didn't end with Walter White dying in a colossal meth lab explosion like I was expecting. I was a little disappointed.

    Also, I named a couple achievements after Phantasy Star Quadrilogy stuff and I'm surprised nobody got the references. ;_;

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    Arim Shadeborn wrote:
    Would it be horribly broken if higher level martials could make two attacks as a standard action instead of just one? I'm just spitballing here. I've not played a martial character at a high level before.

    Do I think it's horribly broken? No. Not really.

    Anything more than two, maybe three attacks if you're a fighter? Probably. I'm not great at game design/balance, tho.

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    Hmm. I'm all for:

    Treat Deadly Wounds: 1/day/patient, takes 10 minutes, DC 20 Heal check, heal 2d4+2 HP +1 for every 1 you exceed the DC, costs one use of a healer's kit; a second use adds your Wisdom mod (min +0) to the healing

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    This threw me for a loop when I ran Jade Regent for my friends; one group of ninjas in (I think) Book Five are armed with katanas, and breaking down their stat block suggests that they're using Weapon Finesse.

    Fun Tidbit: Katanas were in the original Fifth Edition playtests, and they were basically a longsword you could finesse with. (Then the katanas got removed and they put a note in the book saying "If you want a katana, pay for a longsword and write 'Katana' in the blank instead.")

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    The Empath? (As in, "empathic healing?")

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    The Mortar and Pestle

    Owner: Amelia Kaleka, female human alchemist. (The Amy the Alchemist who wanders around the message boards, actually.)

    Description: The simple wooden sign hanging above the building's door bears a stylized carving of a mortar and pestle. The shop's front wall is thicker than normal, perhaps in an effort to prevent the odors within from drifting down Tower Street. As for the inside, potions and flasks of all kinds line the shelves, while a well-stocked marble workbench bears the tools of the alchemist's trade: a mortar and pestle, a charcoal brazier, a set of crucibles, small bowls, spoons, and mixing rods.

    Sells: Amy primarily sells everything in the Alchemical Remedies section of Ultimate Equipment. She can make the following alchemical tools/weapons on request: alchemical glue, alchemical glue accelerant, alchemical solvent, blackfire clay, bloodblock, casting plaster, nushadir, smokesticks, sunrods, tindertwigs, acid, alchemist's fire, alkali flasks, bottled lightning, fuse grenades, liquid ice, pellet grenades, tanglefoot bags, and thunderstones. (Try to steal from her, and she'll show you what bomb-related alchemist discoveries she knows!)

    Sales Pitch: Your wizard's going to run out of spells someday!

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