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It's been years since anyone played a cleric in any game at our table. The last one was foisted upon a player because his character died and I needed someone close to fill in. NPC cleric becomes PC cleric.
For reference, we were running Legacy of Fire.
Anyway, we usually have healing of some kind, just never a cleric. Oracles, usually.
In our current game, it's a gestalt and I'm playing a bard/inquisitor, so healing is usually handled by me, but there are others capable of use magic device and have stabilize as an orison. I will say it was a pain in the neck to heal a few statuses, but they were handled. We were only 2nd level at the time anyway, so it made sense that we needed outside help.
The thing about homebrew class design is that, for the most part, you don't need to. As long as the overall goal is a fantasy adventure party centered around a few notable people in a team, Pathfinder does just fine in providing that. As for being in a specific, stone-age setting, mandating some archetypes and restricting equipment options is usually as far as anyone needs to go. This would need a pile of house rules, but house rules that are already out there for the tweaking.
With the myriad options for barbarians, skalds, and bloodragers, something is there for what you want. If it turns out not exactly what you want, tweaking can be done. It's your game.
But my suggestion is to start there, using what's already made, and make adjustments accordingly.
This way, you can be very specific and not give away any details you'd be uncomfortable with, and everyone here can have a more firm grasp on your goal.
Sounds like it works to me.
Either way, I'm not sure potentially unlimited tanglefoot bags can really break this game. Remember, there's a reflex save with your cantrip DC, so even if they weave in and out of the 10 ft. radius all combat long, it's such an easy save it won't likely matter at higher levels. Entangled is a much easier condition to deal with the higher levels get.
Now if you had 15 of these on arrows in your hand and cast telekinesis... you could do better with other things by that level.
Still, I like it.
I had an idea like this, where the same "avatars" go from one world to the next, and have to adjust to new worlds after saving the previous one. It would mean to me that some conversion would be done in-game, like adapting one skill to another.
On paper, I would have both sets of rules side by side, and the characters would narratively help decide how each skill applies to the new context, instead of a declaration from on high. I think this approach fits well with the FATE paradigm.
Of course, this might be more complicated than it sounds if the worlds are vastly different. Just a thought.
That's getting into the territory of GM call, I believe.
I probably would allow it if I was aware of the motive/endgame and it seemed reasonable enough.
I do think the default answer would be no for many GMs, however.
I think I just sort of like the idea of a distant-enough relative, like a djinn for a grandpa or something.
RAW says no, since Sylphs are native outsiders and not humanoids, despite their shape.
All you really need to find out if a given race will qualify for racial heritage is the creature type given in the race description. Subtypes do not matter for the purpose of the feat, so goblinoids and giants are fine.
Milo v3 wrote:
Okay, great. Did you have a source? Not really important, my roommate seems to agree with this statement.
I've been looking around and I think people have been using this idea very inconsistently so far, so I was hoping we could clear it up.
Can a spiritualist's phantom take eldritch heritage?
I'm not convinced they can, but not quite sure they can't either. Character level is listed in the prereqs, but character level is almost never referenced in player material afaik, so I'm not sure how it is defined.
What started me writing my own stuff was making a rules-light game based on Eternal Darkness.
I couldn't quite get it all done right back then.
I have one I'm working on right now that has many inspirations, and will be introduced to people in stages. Stage one has a lot to do with Monster Hunter.
But I always had one in mind that was an over-the-top crossover with Street Fighter and F-Zero. High octane racing action and overly competitive personalities breaking each others machines and resorting to fisticuffs frequently.
Chengar Qordath wrote:
Back when I started 3E the first thing to annoy me was the full-attack mechanics. Real conversation incoming:
"So if I move 5' I can do 7 attacks, but if I move 10' I get 1 attack?!"
"Yeah, that's how that works."
"Not even half the attacks, I can't get 3?"
"That's so stupid."
It became just the first of a long list of issues I personally have with this game. The short version of this list is the "fiddly bits", or how weirdly specific it gets in some of its parts that require distinction in some way.
Denied dex and flat-footed are not the same thing.
I don't yet have any suggestions for new exploits, but I'd like to see fewer exploit chains. So many greater exploits rely on having earlier ones in the playtest document that a high level character that wasn't planned out the whole way would need to take a normal exploit just to get the greater version 2 levels later.
Now, someone can do that intentionally and be fine with it and all, but to me I'd rather have some greater exploits that don't rely on a lesser version.
EDIT: though if you did keep that up, an anti-magic sort of touch or whatever made to mess with supernatural abilities is something I'm down with.
I'm running a WotW game now, and we're nearly done with book 1. Fair warning, I tend to run games with powerful characters as the assumption, and since this is WotW, I told them to go all out evil. Lawfully, of course. Also, we're using 3.x material as well, doing "conversions" where necessary, so it's a no-holds-barred be-as-evil-and-fun-as-you-can sort of game.
We do have a Dhampir (dread) necromancer, and he's been doing fine, but since many of the signature spells come later he feels incomplete. Book 2 should be much better for him. In the meantime, debuffs like Cause Fear will suit you well if you pursue the necromancer path.
We also have a Half-Fiend Dread from Psionics Expanded, a Nightmare something or other (outsider) working his way into Vampire and Fiend of Possession with some levels in this and that, a half-ogre dungeon crasher fighter working into War Hulk, and an Illumian Drunken Sensei Monk going into Ur Priest and Sacred (in this case Profane) Fist.
EDIT: added the races. Well, one I can't remember right now.
So a few weeks ago we started our new weekly game. This time we started to play our first non-Paizo AP, Way of the Wicked, and my players are so far having a blast. They want to play more frequently than once a week. Being the villains and doing things you wouldn't figure characters of their level could accomplish is pretty refreshing and our role-playing has been better than it usually is for sure.
I'm very happy we started this game and I have high hopes for the rest of this AP and future products from Fire Mountain Games.
Its not that they dont want to bring him back, they are worried something bad could happen to.the main npc they need to escort
Then ask said NPC if it's worth the risk, and solve it in-game.
The thing is, I'm sure using it in any capacity, not just the res, would alert the enemies, right?
So they have an artifact that they are told basically not to use, but has things it can be used for. Then... why have it do those things?
These guys have to trust that you, the GM, are not going to full-force murder them just for using the tools given to them. Besides, it's an adventure, some measures of danger should be acceptable given the circumstances.
If they don't res him now, but need to use the artifact for something else later, would they then regret not bringing his character back? I mean, if they have to use it either way, wouldn't it have been better to bring back a companion?
Story Archer wrote:
It was too late by then, as it had already been used up. So none of that for me. :-(
I came into this thread thinking that there was a character you wanted to kill but just couldn't no matter how hard you tried.
On topic, I had a natural attacker build for Shattered Star and the table joked about reincarnating him after he died. I wasn't terribly amused, but I argued that since I would lose all my normal functions in combat they wouldn't want to do that since they needed my help.
Maybe the group thinks they can get away without using his character's support? Is the game that easy? There's a companion in need and they just sort of shrug?
I wouldn't want an in-game group with such apathy.
I get what you're saying. I just don't agree, I guess.
To me, for the various monsters, even in PF, a number of those mechanics have no player-based parallel anyway, what with racial-based class features and bonus feats for no reason other than to make it work. Plus, most of the time the monsters have higher ability scores by default, so gaining bonus points there is arbitrary.
I like that the monster rules themselves are largely consistent, but having that carry across game roles doesn't concern me one bit.
That said, as a player, when I have a tough character, I'm also usually the one staying behind so the rest can run. If I wasn't there in that capacity, we might not have made it a few times, so yeah, groups can differ on the TPK issue.
On topic, I can't convince my group to play Numenara, though it has interested me at least. I gave it a quick read through, and I like it just fine, but I'm having enough trouble getting them to play my game, much less someone else's.
Well, toward pools and player complexity. Could it be that the DM is to focus on story with supereasy mechanics, while the player can have his complexity of management?
Certainly. At our table we divvy up certain GM duties to lighten the load, and give players something to do. Our GM doesn't handle the total loot or even initiative, really.
When players make the rolls, they are engaged in the action. If their defense has no meaning other than a number, they wait to see if they are hit and feel no control themselves.
EDIT: Also, making a playable version of a monster, I think, shouldn't use the monster rules. The monsters are made to fight once and die. They are given specialties that make an encounter with it different than fighting another humanoid. Giving that design to a player makes the player too different from one made to last and be adaptable, which is what the normal races are for.
You should trust your players to know when to run. This situation shouldn't happen often, but when it does, it usually is fairly clear. If the players just barely didn't make it, it may have been down to a few rolls in either direction. But if it's a slaughterhouse, then they didn't realize it was a good time to run.
I, as a player, had to make a very specific wish that an encounter didn't happen in order to save the party. It was something we could have avoided, but we stumbled away into it anyway through our own actions. I was very glad that day that I had saved the wish that saved the party.
I see what you did there...
On-topic, Pathfinder is on the complex side for my taste. Even with people playing the game for years so much has to be looked up in our games we're just not sure of that I feel playing it is very slow.
When I GM, I want to be so well-versed in what I have to do that I look like a Blackjack dealer throwing stuff everywhere with precision. Using this game, I can't do that.
Okay, maybe I'll settle for Magic the Gathering levels of swiftness. The earlier the better.
Now in my experience, the problem isn't so much EXP themselves, but what grants EXP by RaW. D&D and Pathfinder are big on granting EXP based on defeated monsters, but that hardly the only model there is on the market.
The APs do well in this regard by specifying other things that grant the party XP, but sometimes they might not go far enough, in amount and variety of things that grant XP.
Bottom line is that the method of choice, so reliable as it is, is fighting. It shouldn't surprise anyone that the players follow the lead of the design.
That's a good observation. I hope that what I've come up with will alleviate issues like this.
I have an excellent playtest team, with skills in "system mastery" all over the map, from new gamer to video gamer to cheese master. I've not yet tested the whole game with them yet, but it is pretty exciting for me.
Well, I'm designing a game myself that doesn't strictly use XP, but rather a budget of points given out and subsequently spent by the players between sessions whenever they could afford the advancement they would like. I found that with the design I was going for a system for advancing based on usage made things much more complicated than they needed to be, and I just made the conclusion that players will want to power up in a way that would be useful, so they'd likely pick what they use most anyway.
I put a lot of trust in my players, but there is an easy way to audit a sheet like that.
Sean K Reynolds wrote:
It's not the basic functionality of firearms that's a problem, it's certain combos that reduce reloading to a free action, which (because there is "no limit" to how many free actions you can take in a round) effectively bypasses the action economy brakes used to balance the use of firearms.
So... gunslingers shouldn't full attack with their namesake weapon?
I get that there are other things to do with a full BAB, but getting more attacks is the most effective use of one.
And if the point is point-blank shot, step up and slash somebody with a melee weapon to reload the gun later, why not make feats and deeds that reflect that idea? Pistol whip is nowhere near that sort of thing.
This thread is very interesting and informative. It's helped put some perspective on the sort of work I'm doing in my spare time.
The short of it is I'm doing a whole new game. I'm looking to fill 150 or so pages for everything needed to run the game, including a small bestiary and sample adventure. From the sounds of it, I may want to split this up and stagger some releases to help expand them, and put the "sample" versions out for free.
The truth is, I'm not certain I could even get 150 pages out of what I have so far, so building up will likely be necessary either way. Plus, a new game would be such a hard sell, and especially so if there's only one PDF available.
In the end, I'm not looking to make bunches of money, just make the game I've always wanted to play and put it out there for others to play, too.
I had a lot of fun with Loris Raknian from Age of Worms. He had a lot of time in play and he showed the PCs he was plenty canny, and an expert showman.
When the players realize what scheme he had going for them, the cries of frustration with Raknian were priceless.
I think they enjoyed Balabar Smenk a little more. Just as much play time, but they foiled him a little more completely.
I've been mulling it over and thinking about making Way of the Wicked a Mythic Adventure as well. Not for the power boost, but for the feel of it, where these players are a cut above the rest, but have certain people also in that category that likely work against them.
I tend to change APs a lot to work better for my group and to run smoother (I usually succeed at this effort, but not without occasional stumbles), and I have very lax house rules, and while I think this would be a positive addition, I can't help but think they might be reluctant to accept it because they haven't planned for it, and had any expectation when the characters were drawn up originally (a couple players tend to plan very far in advance, and optimize towards their goal thoroughly).
Do you guys think that the mythic tiers can be added to a character without much planning for them to be used? I get the feeling that's the case, but I want to know what you guys think.
Jason Nelson wrote:
I did this for my Age of Worms game, and it worked pretty well.
Grizzly the Archer wrote:
Don't get me wrong, we've had a lot of distracting conversations, and we try to get better at knowing our turns in advance of it actually being our turn. Thing is, we have so many games and character ideas that we push ourselves to finish games because rolling up a new character is always on the horizon.
Yeah, Age of Worms was our longest adventure so far. Most Paizo APs take us 5 months to complete, if we complete them (not the APs fault, we have house rules that determine when a game is dead because we have 3 GMs on rotation, myself included).
My players make whatever they want. Levels are an abstraction for development. Mechanics are simply the means they use to do the cool stuff. Each of the GMs at my table feel this way (3-way rotation).
Case in point: my tengu has 2 levels in monk, but is wearing full plate, and nobody really cares.
Panther Parry wrote:
This is the very definition of interception in PF, which is why I push for it. Otherwise, I'm with everyone that Dragon Style is badass.
I agree that losing flurry is probably bad for this.
Flowing Monk is also quite good for this idea as well ("Be water, my friend").
Sacred Mountain... I can take it or leave it for this idea. If Dragon Style, take this, if Panther Style, don't take this, and other styles or archetypes, maybe. Just remember you lose evasion with it.
Certainly the Dragon fits the flavor, but I was thinking of Jeet Kune Do mechanically. After all, he was not at all about "styles" anyway. Besides, most of what dragon style does is make you hit harder, but Bruce not only hit hard but was also extremely fast.
If this is still a point of contention, just make him a Master of Many Styles and he can do both.
I make a LOT of stuff up, but mostly because I want the game to be more fun. I follow the rules plenty, but especially with APs, I change things up for my games to make them run smoothly and overall keep the players' attention (not that I always succeed, but that's the idea). If the players need help figuring stuff out (hardly ever), I remind them of the stuff that they've already been up to that would lead them in the direction most helpful.
Are you referring to programming, or laws?
I'm quite familiar with the Bank Secrecy Act, having to enforce its use every workday. I work at a casino.
That said, most people are incredibly paranoid about it, and are very much misinformed regarding its use. Many of them think its about taxes, and actually go out of their way to avoid the paperwork. What they don't realize is how much employees already know ahead of them actually cashing anything out, and how efforts to avoid reporting only makes things worse.
It's like the guy trying to get money out of his credit card, and when it's declined, talks like he pays the electric bill of the casino with how much he gambles. No you don't, and you're making a spectacle of yourself saying you do.
I can't really help you if the BSA is your problem; we need that to curtail financial crimes, and is probably the least invasive method of discovering them.
OTOH, transparency of banks themselves, especially the largest ones isn't at all a bad idea. But, for the US at least, one of the biggest issues is enforcement and punishment of violations, not discovering them.
Thing is, after even a single successful adventure, a 5-use limit per pouch won't really be a big deal, money-wise. And on that first adventure, you're gonna be reduced to flinging ineffectual cantrips way before you get beyond the uses of even a couple of pouches.
This is much worse than you realize. Five wizard cantrips have material components.
Sorry if it breaks some sense of immersion for you, but this is a game. As a game, it makes many (and many more) abstractions to simulate something that models a fantasy adventuring life.
In short, it's the rule of cool: if it's fun, have at it. If it's not fun, do whatever you can to de-emphasize it or get rid of it entirely. What you propose seems to get in the way of the "game" part of this.
Another issue I see with enforcing spell components is that the DM also has to give players the opprtunity to buy the more common items and go adventuring for the less common to rare components. If the Cleric and the Wizard in the group are missing at least half of the components the party is not going to continue on the standard quest the DM wrote up. That gets put on hold until at the very least the Cleric is full up on the components he needs to cast all of his spells. So that adventure the DM spent two weeks writing up is not going to happen until the necessary compnents are found. So that means a change in focus. More likely sidequests to get the missing components. That's the thing DM forgot who make players track everything. Adventuring groups imo want to go on a adventure fully loaded up. Who wants to take a wizard along who can't even cast the majority of his spells. Or a cleric who can't raise dead.
This is the sort of thing I'm thinking about when looking at this thread.
There's a lot of attention being paid to something that's not really all that fun to fuss over.
When it comes to components, and the games at my place, all that's worrisome is what components they are, and if material, a potential GP value, and nothing else.
One thing I like about 3.5:
Shadowcasters. Only somatic components for their mysteries. One feat, still mystery, and BAM, no components.
Captain Sir Hexen Ineptus wrote:
Its untyped so it stacks with everything, plus it also grants you full attack after 15ft movement.
For the latter part, one set of boots already did that. If you don't like that, then don't allow the second pair of boots.
For the former, the movement must be through an enemy's space. Unless that is an error, that means that the enemy will be closer than 15 ft. in the first place in order for that to work. Also, as I said, it's 3 times a day. Even totally stackable, for the price, it doesn't sound too bad to me.