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RPG Superstar 2014 Star Voter, 2015 Star Voter. 674 posts. No reviews. 1 list. 2 wishlists.


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Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

That's not a new magic item, it's a plain old can with new spells in it...

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Cyrad wrote:
Water sense doesn't seem necessary to me. I give you props for remembering the energy vulnerability. There is a shock shield spell I believe.

There is indeed. It'd be a decent racial SLA for Zoras given Majora's Mask, but most racial SLAs are 1/day, with the possibility of a feat to give more uses. Coupling it with Resist Electricity 5 would be a good idea, since it can deal a small amount of damage to you.

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Clouds Without Water wrote:
Other runner-up ideas were a hammer that could turn an opponent to glass, and something like a Styx boatsman's oar / staff based around memory loss spells.

An Oar of Lethe is actually a pretty cool idea. Works like a quarterstaff, looks like an oar, enhanced only on the paddle end, in addition to the enhancement bonus also does memory modification/erasure.

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Thomas LeBlanc wrote:

Description

This staff is crafted from wasp paste,

What is wasp paste?

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Kiraya TiDrekan wrote:

Just browsing through the various discussions, I'm noticing there are a lot of first time entrants this time around.

I'm curious just how many of us there are.

And why...

Was it the shift from wondrous items to weapons, armor, etc?

For me, personally, this was the first year that I had both time and opportunity. The first round twist was icing. :D

Mostly having the time, and some friends prodded me to submit after I showed them.

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
Orloff wrote:
Mark Seifter wrote:
There's a reason staves are hard mode.
I'm starting to wonder if staves aren't so much hard mode as a trap to be avoided at all costs.
Staves have room for lots of improvement over the way they are currently presented. Look back to some of the older editions, 3PP, or other game systems.

Yeah. It may be hard to proceed with a staff, but there's a lot to be done to make one better than the generally terrible staves that already exist. Can't do anything about them being overpriced, but they can at least have more interesting abilities. One thing I noticed is that the ACG staves have alternate methods of gaining charges, which helps make staves more usable during an actual adventure.

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

LazarX wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
The Golux wrote:

James,

Are Mars and Venus in Golarion's universe like the real Mars and Venus, or are they like Mars and Venus in pulp sci-fi novels?

Much more like the pulp versions. MUCH more. Distant Worlds has more info.

After playing Eyes of Ten Part 3, I can only say this

** spoiler omitted **

Is that a society scenario? And I didn't realize Distant Worlds covered things outside of Golarion's system.

EDIT: To clarify, I know Akiton and Castrovel are based on pulp mars and venus; I'm asking about the actual Mars and Venus in Earth's solar system in Golarion's universe.

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

...Reduce increases dexterity and increases strength. Though it does penalize combat maneuvers.

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Jeff Lee wrote:

One more to add to the list.

6. DON'T TALK ABOUT YOUR RPG SUPERSTAR ITEM. We're all excited about the contest. Spirits are high. Somewhere along the way you might see a post that sounds like it might be talking about your item in a roundabout way, and you really want them to go into more detail, and want to ask which item they mean. Don't respond.

Perhaps you're one of the lucky Top 32. You see people commenting on your item, and they seem to like it less than some of the others. You really want to make your case and defend the merits of your item. Don't do it.

If you compromise the anonymity of your item, it will be disqualified. Just keep quiet and concentrate on voting, or on finishing your Round 2 entry if you're in the Top 32. There will be plenty of time to discuss things later, when it won't earn you a disqualification.

Question! If your item doesn't make the top 32, can you talk about it later?

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

me too. I'd like to see as many as possible, and I believe that ones that don't make the top 32 aren't stored anywhere visible normally.

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

no, a +1 quarterstaff is assumed to be enchanted only on one end, and sometimes specifically noted to be. Honestly for most full spellcasters a staff enchanted on both ends is a waste.

Also, as a note, all staves that also function as magical weapons do also require the creator to have craft magic arms and armor (though that may be a prerequisite you can ignore for an added +5 DC in crafting)

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

James,

Are Mars and Venus in Golarion's universe like the real Mars and Venus, or are they like Mars and Venus in pulp sci-fi novels?

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

It can be both!

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

...I kind of like the Forceful Weapon, but I'm not certain how it's balanced versus ghost touch. I imagine only the 1d8 force would fully affect incorporeal, the remainder being halved (because the weapon's still magical)?

Sorry, possibly overthinking.

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

I suspect the reason it wasn't in the template is that the names of spells are considered to be inherently italicized.

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Mikko Kallio wrote:
Eric Morton wrote:
Mark Seifter wrote:
Eric Morton wrote:
Eric Hindley wrote:
Enter! It's too much to avoid!

You know, I keep looking at the eligibility requirements, and I don't see anything that disqualifies a part-time PDF publisher from entering...

I may have to throw my hat in the ring again this year. (Spoiler: My entry would not be an actual hat.)

While it is at least one of the item types allowed this year, I would also recommend against a ring into which you can throw hats.
Well played, Mr. Seifter. Well played.

I've noticed that Mr. Seifter can't resist making a Joke of Opportunity. Happened to me once in a most unexpected place, the Website Feedback forum.

-The Finalist Formerly Known as Serpent-

(Couldn't find a way to copy-paste my unpronounceable symbol to the message...)

He must have taken Comedy Reflexes, otherwise you can only make one Joke of Opportunity per thread.

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

...Ah, I just sent mine, didn't realize I was hours too late.

Though honestly I'm more worried about wordcount than most of the other mechanical things... and of course quality of entry over that...

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

It may have some baggage but Brave could work.

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James Jacobs wrote:
The Golux wrote:

James,

Is there a reason that you know of, besides tradition, why Cone of Cold is two spell levels higher than Fireball and Lightning Bolt?

Two reasons come to mind.

1) By setting it at a higher level, it gets a higher damage cap.

2) It covers a LOT more area than a fireball or a lightning bolt. A fireball targets 44 squares. A lightning bolt targets only 24 squares. A cone of cold targets 96 squares.

1 only covers one level in my mind, Intensified Spell is a +1 metamagic that brings Fireball and Lightning Bolt to the same dice cap as Cone of Cold. 2 though... that makes a surprising amount of sense to cover the other level; I hadn't thought about it that way since lines and cones-of-half-the-length-of-the-line are used interchangeably for dragon breath weapons and I think a feat and/or magic item that affect the shape of channeling.

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

James,

Is there a reason that you know of, besides tradition, why Cone of Cold is two spell levels higher than Fireball and Lightning Bolt?

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

The Staff of Power's PRD entry is also 399 words long, unless part of the entry doesn't count.

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Mark Seifter wrote:
6) Beware of using odd rules from obscure books, and if you do so anyway, be sure to cite it: For instance, if you created a mortifying armor that started talking about its effects on rituals of mortification out of the blue, with detailed rules text that interacts with the nuances of the text in Chronicle of the Righteous, then you need to cite Chronicle of the Righteous there so that people have a chance of figuring out what your item does. Even then, someone voting on your item probably doesn't have the book, so they're likely to vote you down, since they won't be able to figure out what your item does.

Does this mean that things that use or require spells from obscure books should be cited, and if so, how?

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

What's an SAK?

Template Fu: Honestly, that looks more like a Magical Weapon to me than a Staff, and I think all the staves that are also enchanted as weapons require Craft Magical Arms and Armor as well. To be a real "Magical Staff" I would think that an item would have to have ten rechargeable charges and at least one spell to cast with them. But to be an interesting item, it should probably do something else too.

...I had an idea for a staff that I may submit, so I may be somewhat defensive of the idea.

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

I still wish that the Titan Mauler's abilities worked together better, for thematic purposes... I'd be OK with a fighter being able to wield big things with more skill, but I don't like a barbarian not being able to use things as big as a fighter at all.

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Blackened curse fits OK with goblins, but it overlaps somewhat with the Flame mystery in bonus spells.

Goblins have a penalty to charisma, so either the saves on its spells may be easier for you than normal, or it can use eagle's splendor to increase the DCs for a while.

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Super boring, but "Speak with animals (of the type you're associated with)" is a recurring skinwalker SLA.

Alternately, Animal Aspect (Gorilla or Monkey only)?

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

The discrepancy in spell level may be that you need a huge, healthy tree for Liveoak, which is a limiting factor on where it can be created and the effective range of the animated Treant. Changestaff just requires a quarterstaff (albeit one that takes some time, thought not money, to prepare initially) which can be reused until the pseudotreant dies in battle, and can easily be transported almost anywhere.

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

James,

You've said that for a Qadira and Taldor/Sarenite Schism Adventure Path, you'd have a requirement that all the PCs worship Sarenrae. Are there any other adventure paths that have requirements of a similar magnitude for PCs?

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

James,

Do you think that in Golarion, regional languages should be able to be selected as bonus languages for high intelligence, or should, for example, an elf have to put ranks in linguistics to learn Hallit? The setting-neutral core books only list racial and magical languages as high-intelligence bonus languages, but that's partly because of the Regional languages not existing outside of the setting. Also, should Humans get a regional language in addition to or in place of common, depending on where they live?

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Ed Reppert wrote:
The Golux wrote:
2: Do you guys consciously try to keep the alignments of the Iconics as a group balanced? I did a check recently, and was surprised to find that there are indeed 15 good, 15 neutral, 1 evil, 10 lawful, 10 chaotic, and 11 neutral as of the ACG. It was a little less balanced earlier on, though.
What about the anti-paladin? Isn't there an iconic for that class? That would make it 2 evil and 11 chaotic.

They've said repeatedly that the Antipaladin guy isn't an iconic, just a recurring art piece. He doesn't have a name even.

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

James,

1: Fairy Dragons cast spells as a 3rd Level Sorcerer. Am I right that that means that they can only have up to 17 levels in the actual sorcerer class, and no way to get the capstone, though it would be casting as a 20th-level sorcerer? If one really wanted an NPC Fairy Dragon with a bloodline capstone, would you recommend more giving it a few extra CLs progressing spells known and per day, or just CLs, or would it be better to just give it the capstone as a bonus ability (since they're not a good choice for PCs at any rate)? This is admittedly hypothetical, but part of me really likes the idea of an immensely powerful sorcerer being a tiny butterfly-winged dragon.

2: Do you guys consciously try to keep the alignments of the Iconics as a group balanced? I did a check recently, and was surprised to find that there are indeed 15 good, 15 neutral, 1 evil, 10 lawful, 10 chaotic, and 11 neutral as of the ACG. It was a little less balanced earlier on, though.

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

The tuning forks are cheap, but ones for less common locations are not necessarily COMMON.

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

At any rate, the class skills for the different types of monsters are in the bestiary appendices, aren't they?

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One thing I have seriously considered houseruling is that instead of getting bloodline spells a level after they get the normal spells of that level, sorcerers get them one level earlier than they get normal spells of that level (when wizards would get that level of spells) plus the ability to cast it once per day (unmodified by ability score) or else to cast 0 spells of that level per day but you can cast your bloodline spell if you get bonus spells per day because of ability score bonuses. Or the combination of those.

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Just don't drink the Hastur Juice.

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Hmm. I know this is probably not nailed down yet, but as a flavor concern, How do Pharasmins feel about this? The Phantom isn't undead, but it's still a soul functioning outside of the normal soul cycle...

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I don't know if it's been mentioned yet, but I just noticed that the Plasma composite blast does Fire and Bludgeoning damage. This is generally fine, but it has been established in the technology materials that in pathfinder Plasma is half fire and half electricity. So I think either a name change or an element swap might go well there.

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I'm not sure what you mean by the Attraction thing.

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While we're still early, I'm with Drejk on Geokinesis. It's also more etymologically accurate, since all of the other parts of the disciplines (kinesis, pyro-, aero-, hydro-, and tele-) are from Greek while Terra is from Latin, Geo being the greek form.

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...Everybody seems to be glossing over the fact that someone thought it was a good idea to give insane pyromaniac goblin alchemists wings. How do they work?

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Don't most advanced firearms not need to be reloaded every round anyway? Is Reloading a revolver putting in one bullet, or is it refilling all the slots in the cylinder?

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there actually isn't an Azata ring that I could find anywhere, which is... unfortunate.

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Yes, Furious is basically a free +2 more than usual for most barbarians who rage whenever they fight.

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In fairness, several of the Barbarians you have issues with there being too many of are from a land where the sole requirement for being the head of state is to defeat a dragon of CR 14 or higher in single combat. Belkzen and the Realms of the Mammoth Lords are likewise largely barbarian cultures that prize strength above much else, and have plenty of strong things to fight. Numeria also basically fits that description for the "normal" population; the Technic League probably has a lot of powerful people who exert a lot of political power, but in more behind-the-scenes ways.

Also, Bonefist at least was probably buffed when they decided to use him as the final boss of an adventure path.

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

The class looks fine and I'm interested to try it, but when I think of "Playing a Hunter" I think Full BAB, Full companion, no spellcasting, maybe ranger traps, Favored Terrain but not favored enemy, and unsure on ranger combat style and wild shape. But that mostly really *could* be a ranger archetype.

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Ross Byers wrote:

I disagree about Golarion gods.

Abadar is the God of Law, but that's law in the legal sense, not law in the alignment sense. He's no more the god of law (the alignment sense) than Irori is.

I'd also argue that Sarenrae could easily be the goddess of Good. And, of course, Iomedae is explicitly the Goddess of Paladins (even if not of Good and Law).

I think, though, an important thing to remember about making 'Paladins of other alignments' is that Paladins are defined by what they oppose as much as what they are. The default LG Paladin fights Evil. But an LG Paladin who fights Chaos would be different. On the other hand, making a CG paladin could be done without actually changing any class features, as long as they oppose Evil and not Law.

Should an LE (anti?)paladin fight Good or Chaos? Do we need a CE antipaladin who fights Law instead of Good?

I for one find the names for the alternate alignment paladins to be kind of a clue for an elegant system for this: The normal paladin is LG, but is good over lawful and fights against evil. The Paladin of Freedom is CG, and fights against law from the angle of good. The Antipaladin (of Slaughter) is CE, but evil in a chaotic way more than dedicated to chaos and fights good. And the Antipaladin of Tyranny is similar to a Hellknight, chiefly concerned with Law and fighting against Chaos, but is evil in the way he carries it out and must eschew mercy and goodness.

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

The existence of this panel is continually wearing down my resistance to cross-country travel and masses of people...

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More accurate to the earthbound weapon and the theory of the weapon would be an 18-20 crit rate that only hits on crit threats, but has a bonus to confirm (And if you got it you'd want to invest in improved critical).

Also, I don't think there's anything wrong with making it a club or a kanabo instead of a longsword.

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Lincoln Hills wrote:
Of course, this means somebody liked hyenas enough to create an entire race of psychotic, brutal, man-eating gnolls in their image,

That would be Lamashtu, Golarion-wise.

Star Voter 2014, Star Voter 2015

Just give them a incorporeality, fast speed, have them do negative energy damage to any creature whose square they pass through (Reflex negates or halves), and have them move in predictable patterns (Relatively low DC knowledge engineering or planes/religion/arcana/dungeoneering [depending on what kind of monster they are] check to predict pattern). They can be killed by sprinkling a vial of holy water on them, using the normal rules for using holy water against incorporeal undead/evil outsiders (So, they have like, 3 or 4 Hit Points).

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