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RPG Superstar 2014 Star Voter, 2015 Marathon Voter. 755 posts. No reviews. 1 list. 2 wishlists.


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Steven Helt wrote:
So if you specifically want me to critique your item, say so here and I'll try to get to it. But remember, the judges' comments are key: those were the guys deciding who enters the contest past the open call, so they are the most important people to understand.

Steven: I know you're busy, but whenever you have some time, I'd like any feedback you can offer on the Staff of entwined elements.


I believe it was ruled that Fast Learner only lets you choose "One hit point and one skill point" OR any other racial favored class bonus. You can't even take one hit point and the elf favored class bonus, never mind both the elf and human favored class bonuses.

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Thanks a lot for the critique and edit! Actually, there was another reason I had the charge costs low: So that you could more easily elementally assess an enemy and then have charges left to blast them a couple times. Making the assessor ability a lesser, non-charge-based version makes having the spells at higher charge costs more viable.

I strongly considered fireball on the spell list as well, but I actually wanted a single/selective targeting spell in addition to the area effects, and I was trying to balance levels of spells as well (I couldn't find a very iconic 4th-level one, though). I had several other spells as candidates for greater or lesser versions of the staff, which I might have used if there were a lesser elemental assessor spell (or if I had thought of a non-spell ray). Some of the other considered spells, like acid arrow, freezing sphere, and ice storm, presented challenges in exactly how they would work as different elements as well.

The additional recharge mechanic was something I noticed in the ACG; the spark staff and monstrification staff both have alternate ways to regain additional charges, the monstrification staff perhaps excessively so. I figured an additional way to gain charges would make any staff more attractive to actually use, and that was especially important with my staff as written, since it was rather charge-hungry. It seemed like a better choice at the time than another idea I had, of giving charge discounts on the metaelemental effect for a specific element while an enemy was under the effect of elemental assessor. I did specify a normal or greater rod for the recharge though, since that's what it would take to affect the spells the staff can cast.

The continual flame of elemental energy was part of a visual that really grabbed me that I had a lot of trouble putting into words and mechanics. The idea of diagnosing an enemy's weakness, the staff clearly indicating what it was, and then using the staff to beat on them was one of the things I started with. I had a thought earlier today of making a rod that functioned as a mace, could cast elemental assessor 3/day and became flaming/shocking/frost/corrosive based on the results until next time the spell was used with the colored light effect, but that is a little spell-in-a-can-y. It could be used more easily by the kind of character than wants to hit people with an elemental weapon than the staff is, though.

I also considered, many different ways, having the staff function as a general elemental metamagic rod and/or be able use an elemental assessor cast by the wielder instead of just from the spell, but that would be too expensive and probably too versatile.

I am also curious if you, or anyone really, thought much about the symbolism of the materials. There is one each of plant, animal, mineral, and metal origins, and each was associated with an element: Ivory with cold (walrus ivory, not elephant, but I didn't have room to specify), Basalt with fire (since it's solid lava), Copper with acid (partly because it tarnishes and partly because copper dragons use acid; one thing I considered was using gold, silver, copper, and bronze as the materials of good-aligned metallic dragons to tie in with the celestial origin of elemental assessor), and Oak with electricity (A few thunder gods are associated with oak specifically, and trees get struck by lightning often). I bet if they thought about it most people assumed oak and copper were the other way around, but my reason for copper isn't that great anyway when compared to reality...

Sorry for the super long-winded response but I really appreciate your insight and that you appreciated the item a lot better than I think a lot of people did. I was worried that it was too long and if not too bland at least that I didn't get the part that I thought was cool across very well, and I think those were to some extent borne out.

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I'm curious to see what you'd come up with for the

Staff of Entwined Elements:
Staff of entwined elements
Aura moderate conjuration and evocation; CL 11th
Slot none; Price 98,550 gp; Weight 5 lbs.

Description
Formed from lengths of ivory, oak, copper, and basalt, braided together by craft and magic, the staff of entwined elements is topped with a crystal orb containing a white continual flame. It functions as a +1 quarterstaff, enhanced only on the orb end, and allows the use of the following spells:

  • Lightning bolt (1 charge)
  • Scorching ray (1 charge)
  • Acid fog (2 charges)
  • Cone of cold (2 charges)
  • Elemental assessor (Chronicle of the Righteous)(2 charges)

While a target is under the effect of the staff's elemental assessor, the continual flame on the staff's head changes color based on the element of the ongoing damage (red for fire, yellow for electricity, green for acid, or blue for cold), and attacks with the staff's enhanced end deal an additional 1d6 damage of that type. While this effect is ongoing, the duration can be extended by expending charges from the staff (a swift action) at a rate of one minute per charge.
When casting any spell besides elemental assessor from the staff, an additional charge can be expended to change the spell's descriptor and damage type to any one of fire, electricity, acid, or cold. This does not change the spell's casting time.
In addition to the normal method of recharging a staff, the user can restore one charge per day to this staff by expending one use of an elemental metamagic rod or greater elemental metamagic rod.

Construction
Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, Craft Staff, Elemental Spell, acid fog, cone of cold, continual flame, elemental assessor, lightning bolt, scorching ray, the creator must either have the admixture arcane school or have Elemental Spell at least twice; Cost 49,450 gp

(CL 11 cost: 39600 spells)
(CL 12 cost: 43200 spells)
8300 gp +1 Elemental Quarterstaff price, 4300 cost
11000 gp elemental metamagic rod price, 5500 cost
50 gp continual flame
(((CL 11 cost: 40700 spells, 42900 intensified lightning bolt) -5500 cone of cold 2 charges, +4400 elemental assessor 2 charges)((CL 12 cost: 44400 spells, 46800 intensified lightning bolt) -6000 cone of cold 2 charges, +4800 elemental assessor 2 charges))

since it's a somewhat utilitarian item. Then again, maybe not. Elemental assessor does have some flavor written into it, which could be taken or left...

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GM_Solspiral wrote:

60) Staff of entwined elements

The Good: There's an inherent cool factor to shifting damage elements of spells and I actually made something like this back in 2nd ed as a character kit for my homebrew. That was a rambling way of saying you were on to something.
The Bad: I see no reason for this to be a +1 quarterstaff
The Ugly: Staff was the misstep... You should have gone with a Rod and made it do something in addition to simply swapping elements... that would have been the way to make your idea a winner for me.
Overall: 3 stars as is I didn't have strong feelings in either direction. The name didn't land but the description was pretty good which is a bonus good and bad for you!

The reason it's a magical weapon is that it's supposed to basically be a +1 [elemental] quarterstaff, with the continual flame on the end taking on the element determined to be most effective against the target of the staff's elemental assessor so that melee follow-ups/attacks of opportunity are also effective. The spells were also picked for, in addition to the elemental variety, utility of different kinds of attacks to be effective against different kinds of opposition: acid fog for control, cone of cold for large numbers or widely-spread weaker foes, lightning bolt for line formations or long range, and scorching ray for individual targets.

I considered fireball, acid arrow, flaming sphere, chain lightning, and freezing sphere, among some others, as possible other forms, but couldn't get everything to line up by elements, spell levels, iconicness of the spells, or simplicity of mechanical adaptation (fireball was the closest, but I couldn't find a good electric alternate).

If there was a lesser elemental assessor, I probably would have used it, fireball, acid arrow, ice storm, and lightning bolt , shocking grasp, or aggressive thundercloud for a lesser version of the staff.

One of my initial ideas was to use elementally-variable spells like dragon breath but I thought picking iconic elemental spells would be more interesting.

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Thunderfrog wrote:
Staff of Entwined Elements: The wall o’ text with bad formatting kept me from really paying the attention to this item I should have. It was mechanically sound, but a bother on the eyes after hours of voting. The effect was also not terribly exciting, as the author suggests. Lower tier.

Hey, my formatting was perfect! Word choice maybe not so much! And it was probably too long!

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Half-original-half-new-element is actually an option with the feat Elemental Spell. Simply allowing the feat to be applied with a charge could have worked and saved some words, but in that case, the spell's descriptors wouldn't change. Also, that wouldn't allow for an acid/cold version of scorching ray, which I would have liked to have available (possibly for an extra charge) if I was going to go into the mixing.

(I also considered other things like having the metamagic function discounted while the elemental flame was in effect if applied for that element, but I didn't want to make it more complicated even if I had more words)

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Feros wrote:

Staff of Entwined Elements:

Not a bad staff, but once again we are dealing with imagery that isn’t inspiring. There has to be a cool visual for me to really like an item and this one falls a little short.

Ironically, imagery was one of the things I really thought about here, with the symbolism of the materials and the color-changing elemental flame. I even tried to pick spells that were iconic enough but also would look cool in different forms and function in different enough ways to make it cool and useful, but I kind of ran out of room for flavor text...

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Lucus Palosaari wrote:
Staff of the Entwined Elements - Filler - As written, I see this item as being a solid example of an obvious staff. I was hoping for something that allowed for admixtures of the elements, not just simply "you can do all of them different ways!" and then I would question your specific spell list choices. The special powers finally of the staff starts to run long as well, so that it feels like you were really trying to make a Swiss Army Staff or soemthing. Its a solid design though and well executed, but "one staff that does many elements" is only just barely more original than "one staff that does a single element".

Do you have any details on what you mean by allowing admixtures of the elements? And what would you question or suggest about the spell list?

I agree that the elemental enhancement power at the least took up more words than I wanted it too; I pictured it very clearly and it seemed like a simple idea, but when describing it it got more complicated than I wanted.

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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
The Golux wrote:
You don't get a discount on continual flame, 50 gp of ruby dust is 50 gp of ruby dust. The continual flame is the spell for all purposes (honestly I might even say it comes back if dispelled) and is costed as such.
I stand corrected. I was looking at the liberator's rod and didn't see the 50 gp figured in. But an ioun torch does. Teach me to research a bit more.

I suspect the Liberator's Rod is somewhat rounded to a nice even number, which I considered but decided against.

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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:
The Golux wrote:
Thomas LeBlanc wrote:


Staff of entwined elements - Didn't like additional recharge mechanic. Odd requirements. Price/cost incorrect.

I was very careful on the price/cost:

8,300 gp price/4,300 gp cost for a +2-equivalent quarterstaff; I figured the fact that it can be shock, corrosive, flaming, or frost and is guaranteed to be a useful one when the ability is active balances out the fact that sometimes it isn't any of them.

11,000 gp price/ 5,500 gp cost for an elemental metamagic rod, for the metaelemental ability, potentially more times per day balanced by only usable on the staff's spells (I considered making it a full-use elemental metamagic rod but decided to limit it.

50 gp price/cost for continual flame

(400 x 6 x 11)/2 = 13,200 gp cost/26,400 gp price for elemental assessor
(300 x 6 x 11)/2 = 9,900 gp cost/19,800 gp price for acid fog
(200 x 5 x 11)/2 = 5,500 gp cost/11,000 gp price for cone of cold
(200 x 3 x 11) = 6,600 gp cost/13,200 gp price for lightning bolt
(200 x 2 x 11) = 4,400 gp cost/8,800 gp price for scorching ray

for a price of 98,550 gp and a cost of 49,450 gp.

(Staff-crafting is calculated by cost first, then the price is double that.)

Item price - masterwork armor/weapon = 2(item cost - masterwork armor weapon)

98,550 - 300 = 2(49,450 - 300)
98,250 = 2(49,150)
98,250 not equal to 98,300

You don't get a discount on continual flame, 50 gp of ruby dust is 50 gp of ruby dust. The continual flame is the spell for all purposes (honestly I might even say it comes back if dispelled) and is costed as such. (Reference the Ioun torch)

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Thomas LeBlanc wrote:


Staff of entwined elements - Didn't like additional recharge mechanic. Odd requirements. Price/cost incorrect.

I was very careful on the price/cost:

8,300 gp price/4,300 gp cost for a +2-equivalent quarterstaff; I figured the fact that it can be shock, corrosive, flaming, or frost and is guaranteed to be a useful one when the ability is active balances out the fact that sometimes it isn't any of them.

11,000 gp price/ 5,500 gp cost for an elemental metamagic rod, for the metaelemental ability, potentially more times per day balanced by only usable on the staff's spells (I considered making it a full-use elemental metamagic rod but decided to limit it.

50 gp price/cost for continual flame

(400 x 6 x 11)/2 = 13,200 gp cost/26,400 gp price for elemental assessor
(300 x 6 x 11)/2 = 9,900 gp cost/19,800 gp price for acid fog
(200 x 5 x 11)/2 = 5,500 gp cost/11,000 gp price for cone of cold
(200 x 3 x 11) = 6,600 gp cost/13,200 gp price for lightning bolt
(200 x 2 x 11) = 4,400 gp cost/8,800 gp price for scorching ray

for a price of 98,550 gp and a cost of 49,450 gp.

(Staff-crafting is calculated by cost first, then the price is double that.)

The additional recharge was based on the staves in the ACG that can do it; it's to hopefully make the staff a more attractive option since staves are usually terrible.

The requirements picked as odd I assume are the "Elemental Spell taken twice OR Admixture Evocation Arcane School." I spent a good amount of time on that as well; Elemental Spell is a basic requirement for the staff because of what it does, but Elemental Spell can only change to one element. To grasp the idea of entwined elements, it normally requires two instances of the feat, such as both Elemental Spell (Cold) and Elemental Spell (Acid); this is way more reasonable than requiring all four. I considered making the Admixture Evocation Arcane School a requirement for the staff, but I didn't want to make a focused arcane school (a slightly more advanced mechanic choice) required, so I allowed it to substitute for the second instance of the Elemental Spell feat. Even with the school, though, you still need Elemental Spell, because Versatile Evocation only works on Evocation spells, and one of the spells in the staff (acid fog) belongs to the conjuration school instead. The feat then represents the ability to transfer the elemental admixture to other schools of magic.

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Mark Seifter wrote:
The Golux wrote:
Mark Seifter wrote:
The Golux wrote:
Staff of entwined elements
*When it says "additional," does it mean its another option or that the staff can gain 2 charges per day by using the rod in tandem with a spellcaster?

Yes, it can gain a maximum of two charges a day. I was going based on some of the ACG Staves being able to gain two charges in a day as a way to try to make staves more convenient.

Quote:

*Wording issues, passive voice.

*I'm torn on this one between neutral and weak reject.

Yeah... I don't have a problem with passive voice, so I have a harder time noticing it to remove to please other people. And after thinking for a while I kind of expected the reception of this to be blah... It's more found-in-book-quality than superstar, I think.

So, Owen mentioned how this is similar to technical writing. That's why passive here is not just for feel or "pleasing other people." It can actually create ambiguities because of the lack of subject.

For instance, just to make a quick example, consider this item:

I Just Made This Up wrote:

Rod of Stone Block

The wielder of this rod can make a stone block blocking a corridor. The stone block can be removed from the corridor as a standard action.
Who can remove the stone block? The wielder, using magic? Anybody by grabbing it?

...Good point. I think some of it is that (as you can see) I was up hard against the word limit, but the elemental enhancement power and metaelemental power would be better phrased as "the wielder can expend an additional charge" rather than "an additional charge can be expended."

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Mark Seifter wrote:
The Golux wrote:
Staff of entwined elements
*When it says "additional," does it mean its another option or that the staff can gain 2 charges per day by using the rod in tandem with a spellcaster?

Yes, it can gain a maximum of two charges a day, one by each method. I was going based on some of the ACG Staves being able to gain two charges in a day as a way to try to make staves more convenient.

Quote:

*Wording issues, passive voice.

*I'm torn on this one between neutral and weak reject.

Yeah... I don't have a problem with passive voice, so I have a harder time noticing it to remove to please other people. And after thinking for a while I kind of expected the reception of this to be blah... It's more found-in-book-quality than superstar, I think.

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Mark Seifter wrote:
Mikael Sebag wrote:
Enlightened Jian

Collected Judge comments (typing this slows me down, so from now on, all these bulleted lists are always collected judge comments):

*Why is this a longsword instead of a temple sword? Monks aren't proficient in longsword and take the –4 despite the item's abilities, and temple sword is otherwise equivalent to longsword while doing what the author wanted (being a monk weapon for flurry, etc).

A Jian is a specific Chinese style of longsword; I'm sure the type of weapon was chosen to be accurate to the intended visual (a temple sword is a very different thing apparently based on a weapon from India). The Blade of the Sword-Saint is similarly a weapon with special powers for Monks that does not give Monks proficiency in its use.

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GM_Solspiral: One big thing that bugged me about your item: a Compound Bow is not the same as a Composite Bow. Compound Bows have wheels and use mechanical principles to change it so that the bow is harder to draw back but easier to hold, and also increase the possible strength. Composite bows are still simply bow-shaped without wheels and stuff, but are made from layers of different materials to increase their force without any mechanical redirection (as far as I know, anyway). So the mention of wheels in your item derailed me immediately. Also, Ram Horns are a hell of a curve for a bow.

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I posted in the official critique thread, but I'm curious what you'd do with this as well:

Staff of entwined elements:
Staff of entwined elements
Aura moderate conjuration and evocation; CL 11th
Slot none; Price 98,550 gp; Weight 5 lbs.

Description
Formed from lengths of ivory, oak, copper, and basalt, braided together by craft and magic, the staff of entwined elements is topped with a crystal orb containing a white continual flame. It functions as a +1 quarterstaff, enhanced only on the orb end, and allows the use of the following spells:

  • Lightning bolt (1 charge)
  • Scorching ray (1 charge)
  • Acid fog (2 charges)
  • Cone of cold (2 charges)
  • Elemental assessor (Chronicle of the Righteous)(2 charges)

While a target is under the effect of the staff's elemental assessor, the continual flame on the staff's head changes color based on the element of the ongoing damage (red for fire, yellow for electricity, green for acid, or blue for cold), and attacks with the staff's enhanced end deal an additional 1d6 damage of that type. While this effect is ongoing, the duration can be extended by expending charges from the staff (a swift action) at a rate of one minute per charge.
When casting any spell besides elemental assessor from the staff, an additional charge can be expended to change the spell's descriptor and damage type to any one of fire, electricity, acid, or cold. This does not change the spell's casting time.
In addition to the normal method of recharging a staff, the user can restore one charge per day to this staff by expending one use of an elemental metamagic rod or greater elemental metamagic rod.

Construction
Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, Craft Staff, Elemental Spell, acid fog, cone of cold, continual flame, elemental assessor, lightning bolt, scorching ray, the creator must either have the admixture arcane school or have Elemental Spell at least twice; Cost 49,450 gp

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I have detailed breakdowns on the pricing and some of the other things. I'm pretty sure that aside from the non-caps on the item name the formatting is impeccable... I get the general impression that otherwise it was just too boring for anyone to like.

Staff of entwined elements
Aura moderate conjuration and evocation; CL 11th
Slot none; Price 98,550 gp; Weight 5 lbs.

Description
Formed from lengths of ivory, oak, copper, and basalt, braided together by craft and magic, the staff of entwined elements is topped with a crystal orb containing a white continual flame. It functions as a +1 quarterstaff, enhanced only on the orb end, and allows the use of the following spells:

  • Lightning bolt (1 charge)
  • Scorching ray (1 charge)
  • Acid fog (2 charges)
  • Cone of cold (2 charges)
  • Elemental assessor (Chronicle of the Righteous)(2 charges)

While a target is under the effect of the staff's elemental assessor, the continual flame on the staff's head changes color based on the element of the ongoing damage (red for fire, yellow for electricity, green for acid, or blue for cold), and attacks with the staff's enhanced end deal an additional 1d6 damage of that type. While this effect is ongoing, the duration can be extended by expending charges from the staff (a swift action) at a rate of one minute per charge.
When casting any spell besides elemental assessor from the staff, an additional charge can be expended to change the spell's descriptor and damage type to any one of fire, electricity, acid, or cold. This does not change the spell's casting time.
In addition to the normal method of recharging a staff, the user can restore one charge per day to this staff by expending one use of an elemental metamagic rod or greater elemental metamagic rod.

Construction
Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, Craft Staff, Elemental Spell, acid fog, cone of cold, continual flame, elemental assessor, lightning bolt, scorching ray, the creator must either have the admixture arcane school or have Elemental Spell at least twice; Cost 49,450 gp


Honestly, +4 STR, +2 CON, +2 CHA alone is on the overpowered side. The Draconic Aspect feels like it's dipping too little of a toe into too many pools, with a list of feats to enhance it that seem like they'd take over the entire feat list of some characters, but still no way to get more rounds than con modifier per use.


The group I usually play in has used "reroll lower than your con modifier on Hit Dice Rolls," that has worked pretty well.

Slightly more complicated and less universally successful was the ability for all casting classes to use metamagic feats spontaneously without raising the spell level by taking one additional round to cast for every level it would normally raise the spell. That has some swingy results, so in the next campaign it was used as a feat instead of a default ability.


I can get behind that.


...those are actually both really cool.

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Brigg wrote:
Garrett Guillotte wrote:
Design a module where the PCs were actually dead the whole time!
Inadvertently giving me this idea...was a very bad idea. >3

I'm currently running a game where the PCs are recruited petitioners...


Shout is probably too high level to be helpful early enough, but if not, Sonic damage is cool.


Antariuk wrote:
Wayang Swashbuckler? Throw pieces of shadow-stuff into your enemies eyes and laugh mockingly. Or use shadow-stuff instead of a buckler in a defensive way. I guess my point is I'd really like to see something with shadows :)

A cape made of shadows to deflect attacks. Could work for a fetchling too, maybe even better.


I'm still pulling for a Grippli Gunslinger that makes sense setting- and flavor-wise. Preferably one that still uses guns.

I know you weren't doing race duplicates, but when you are.

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yeah, my keep list isn't even exactly the best items that I think will win, it's cool ones that I'd like to use or see used (excluding mine).


James Jacobs wrote:
Kelban Alenark wrote:
Besides synthesist summoner are there any other "broken" classes or combos you've had to ban at your games.
Summoners are pretty much it. Once Unchained is out, I'll be re-allowing them back into my games though, since the Unchained version is MUCH more in line with what I'd wanted for the class all along.

Ooh hints~

James Jacobs wrote:
LazarX wrote:

As I understand it, Geb killed himself, because he was so neurotic about Nex's disappearance.

Does this mean that when the Great Golarion Movie comes out that Geb should be played by Woody Allen or Christopher Wauken?

Nope.

Wasn't Geb dark-skinned?


Where were stats given for Eoxians?


This might be something to look into for some of its effects, though obviously it has some differences.

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I'm pretty sure a quarterstaff can't be masterwork only on one end. Some other double weapons maybe, but I would be surprised even with those.

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I am getting the ominous feeling that my item was too boring for anyone to like, and only survived the cull due to impeccable formatting...

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Well, with staves as an option this year, that's a decided damper on the cost conservation. The way staves are priced, any staff that has spells in it that you'd want to use, that don't take five or ten charges, will be very expensive.

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I sent mine to a few more people, interested in reading any people have to send.


I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
Cool, make a Kender Investigator that's based off of those adventure games where you wander around picking items up and using them in resourceful ways elsewhere.

...that makes entirely too much sense.

Anyway, Locathah have racial hit dice.

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ALRIGHT! I have finished my list but it is still super long. I'll send summaries to the people that send me (including those who already did), and if you want the full text of any of the items let me know.


James,

With all the new things that have been released since, do you ever feel it was premature to call the hardcovers focusing on magic and combat "Ultimate?"


Rings, neck-slot items and headband/head items probably physically fit best.

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I'm working on my list.

I went through my "seen" list and pulled out ones I liked...

and I got over 50! So I need to trim it a little more...

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I seem to have somehow become marathon...

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Ah, I could probably do that, I'd just have to wade through my massive document to pick things... I thought it was something more formal.

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I'm pretty forgiving of Staves, since I really like the idea of a mage's staff, and almost all of the existing ones are terrible.

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How does a keep list work? I just have a list of almost everything I've seen. I am very curious about what other people liked, though.

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pH unbalanced wrote:
Mark Seifter wrote:
Thunderfrog wrote:

I've seen a lot of staves that ignore the minimum 8th level caster rule for the sake of pricing and whatnot.

I dont know what the cheapest possible stave is, but I bet its not under 10000gp.

The cheapest possible staff costs 560 gp, but it's just about the most pointless item you can imagine owning (two cantrips, each of which costs all 10 charges to use).

There is one character that such a staff would be awesome for -- a Staff Magus. In the hands of a 10th level Staff Magus, that 560 gp staff would be treated as a +2 quarterstaff. (At 10th level, a Staff Magus gains the ability to wield any magical staff as though it were a quarterstaff with an enhancement bonus equal to its Caster Level / 4.)

In fact, if I were a 12th level Staff Magus who could craft staves, I would probably craft a handful of CL 12 Staves with arcane strike and prestidigitation for 420gp each and stash one in every room of my house for use as an emergency weapon -- +3 in my hands, and useless for everyone else.

Isn't Arcane Strike a feat?


If it's a +2 bonus item with special abilities and you want to raise it to a +5 bonus item with the same special abilities, the increase in price should be (price of a +5 item)-(price of a +2 item). In the case of the Cape of Daring Deeds, the final price would be (25,000-4,000)+9,000 = 30,000, or a price increase of 21,000 over the base Cape. And yes, it will raise the resistance bonus to +7 for one round every time the swashbuckler uses Charmed Life.

...I suppose it could be increased a little more if you interpret the original item as being priced as a +3, in which case it could be a total of 36,000 or an increase of 27,000.

Honestly, I'm a big fan of the items that are ability belt or ability headband or resistance cloak plus a neat ability and strongly favor allowing them to be upgraded.


Yeah, for Ceremony, it can do several things that are normally above first-level spells, and though a lot of the effects are unimpressive, there are a few serious gems, especially considering duration when augmented.


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Ironically, this would also somewhat nerf Dragons, whose breath weapons have a cooldown of 1d4 rounds.


You know, I can go with Nethys being half-bleached and half-blackened compared to his mortal appearance, and Sarenrae is bronze-skinned, but Pharasma I think would look really good with darker skin, and I'd be in favor of her skin color being drawn alternatingly.


"Devil's Advocate" wrote:


Death Ward was inadvertently nerfed to heck/uselessness as PF changed the way some many of the nastier Undead and Necromancy abilities work. For how little it actually does now, needs to be at least 1 target per level and probably a 10 Min/level spell.

I don't disagree that the time should be longer or that being a lower level might be good, but I think that even with the nerf to death spells and level loss and stuff it's nice to be able to resist negative levels them in the middle of battle - they usually don't give saves until the next day, and the amount of negative levels some things can inflict in a short time can make fights suck pretty bad.

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My item seems to have persevered as well!

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