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RPG Superstar 2013 Dedicated Voter, 2014 Star Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 6,497 posts (11,075 including aliases). 2 reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 55 aliases.


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Female Humanish Very little class but on the level

Everyone alive and well, I hope?


Oh, is the flat-footed condition from the use of the Acrobatics skill to cross narrow or uneven surfaces?

Is allowing sneak attack for somebody walking on grease common practice? Because if it is, my new rogue is going to have a shiny new wand of grease!


PRD wrote:
A grease spell covers a solid surface with a layer of slippery grease. Any creature in the area when the spell is cast must make a successful Reflex save or fall. A creature can walk within or through the area of grease at half normal speed with a DC 10 Acrobatics check. Failure means it can't move that round (and must then make a Reflex save or fall), while failure by 5 or more means it falls (see the Acrobatics skill for details). Creatures that do not move on their turn do not need to make this check and are not considered flat-footed.

I'm missing where walking across grease makes one flat-footed. The spell specifies that creatures not moving are not flat-footed, but that does not mean that creatures that are moving are flat-footed. They have the appropriate condition based on their save. And walking successfully across grease means they are simply walking, albiet at half-speed. [As I read it.]


In this case, surprise has a game definition and is not used colloquially.


Oh, of course, feinting:

PRD wrote:

Greater Feint (Combat)

You are skilled at making foes overreact to your attacks.
Prerequisites: Combat Expertise, Improved Feint, base attack bonus +6, Int 13.
Benefit: Whenever you use feint to cause an opponent to lose his Dexterity bonus, he loses that bonus until the beginning of your next turn, in addition to losing his Dexterity bonus against your next attack.


PRD wrote:
1 Creatures flailing about in the water (usually because they failed their Swim checks) have a hard time fighting effectively. An off-balance creature loses its Dexterity bonus to Armor Class, and opponents gain a +2 bonus on attacks against it.


CountofUndolpho wrote:


Why when tumbling?

You're right; the only mention in Acrobatics is when you're traversing a narrow ledge, and it's specific to 'when you use Acrobatics in this way'. I need to read more carefully.


PRD, definition of AC bonus wrote:
If you can't react to a blow, you can't use your Dexterity bonus to AC.

Paizo specifies in condition definitions that Dex bonus is denied vs a modified Dex bonus. Even if your Dex is -4 due to entanglement, you can still move and thus react to a blow. Fatigued is similar. Give the benefit of the doubt to the person who would be on the receiving end of the sneak attack, because SA can be devastating.

As you noted, running, greased+moving, and tumbling characters are perfectly elegible for sneak damage.

Also, climbing: "While climbing, you can't move to avoid a blow, so you lose your Dexterity bonus to AC (if any)." But not flying: "You are not considered flat-footed while flying."

You know, I've read that sneak attack description a thousand times and never noticed the wording or that it might be confusing. What fun! Since I'm building a rogue PC for the first time since Pathfinder came out!, it's very handy to have this little reference. I hope other people find more such conditions. LOTS more!

EDIT: If you really want to have some fun, figure out who is denied Reflex saves.


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You need a pinecone sucker.

Or this one, to pull behind your hugh-mongous tractor.

Bonus-wise, their utility is not limited to pinecones, but also includes dog 'problems', bones, small animals, insects, toys, pets, and neighbors.


Dammit! Those Lynch books are $8 and $14 on B&N for my Nook, but only $5 on Amazon.

Guess I'll go watch movies on my Betamax instead.


Aaron Bitman wrote:
Treppa wrote:
I'm reading Dumas' complete works...

Whoa!

You know, Andre Maurois wrote in The Titans: A Three-Generation Biography of the Dumas "No one has read all of Dumas - that would be as impossible as for him to have written it" (implying that Dumas was running a fiction factory by collaborating with others).

I checked, and all I have is the complete romances of d'Artagnan. I thought with 3000 plus pages and the title 'Dumas' French Literature' that it would be his complete works. But no...

I read a bit about Dumas pere and he was described as being unquenchable once he began talking about a favorite subject. I guess he was that way in his writing, too. Some works published under his name are known not to be his, and others were written with another author. Still and all, he's one prolific guy.


Orthos wrote:

Finished The Lies of Locke Lamora last night. Moving on to the two sequels now.

There are sequels!? Oh, my poor bank account.


Female Humanish Very little class but on the level

Ooh!

DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNNNNNN!


Female Humanish Very little class but on the level

Do we know that she's ill/Patient Zero?


Female Humanish Very little class but on the level

Is that who came in on the boat at Whitby?


Female Humanish Very little class but on the level

Queen Green Scream? Should Sal know who this is?


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I'm reading Dumas' complete works. In the middle of Twenty Years After right now. Great source for gaming politics and plots!


Female Humanish Very little class but on the level

Holes in the stomach hurt. I found a lap chole to be incredibly debilitating. I went in feeling fine and could barely walk 50' without my knees giving out an hour afterwards. It's amazing how every fricking part of your body connects with the ab muscles, even toes.


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Qstor: Here's the link to the call for contributions to the next issue, all about Osirion.


Female Humanish Very little class but on the level

Sorry to hear about your loss, thom. Take care.


I'm happy to pay postage, I just need to know how to order it. It's showing as $20 for a physical copy.


Stupid question: How do contributors get their free print copy? It's my first publication and I'd like one to caress and drool over.


Female Humanish Very little class but on the level

Ciri is flat awesome and deserves to be reused. :P


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"I'll go... uh... check on Mr Scruffy."

Sinister?

Yeah, that struck me as a bluff check, where nobody was paying enough attention to bother making a sense motive roll. Guaranteed he's stalking the vampire.
it struck me as "the best way I can help is by being out of the way"
Possibly. Just reread it & I noticed that he's kind of looking directly at Durkula as he's saying it. I suspect that Fromper & strayshift might be on to something...
Either we're totally right, or Belkar really is just worried about the vampire eating his cat. :P
Or it's both. Also, the nesting quotes are starting to look like either a pit or a pyramid, depending upon how my eyes look at it.
Both pit and pyramid are appropriate for OotS :P
That's a pretty weirdly proportioned pyramid...
I suppose it'll look right when it gets to about 35 'nests'.
That's what you get when you
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This is why poor Gary gets stressed. You bastards.


RainyDayNinja wrote:
Lord Snow wrote:
RainyDayNinja wrote:
Treppa wrote:
Be sure not to die before you read Ancillary Justice.
I'm four and a half chapters into Ancillary Justice, and I'm still waiting for the plot to show up. There hasn't been even the slightest hint of a goal or motivation for the protagonist. I'll probably give it the rest of Chapter 5, but then I'm moving on.

but, DUDE, *everyone* is saying this book is great. *everyone*.

Yeah, but I don't think I've seen anyone praising the book say anything about the plot or characters. Almost all the praise has been about the genderless language of the narrator. I guess if referring to everyone as "she" is all it takes to make a book fascinating for you... *shrug*

To be fair, the beginnings of the plot did show up in the second half of Chapter 5. Apparently, the protagonist wants to kill somebody. Why?... Not sure. How?... Well, she needs a special gun, apparently (special in what way? No clue). But hey, the narrator can't tell the difference between men and women! How cool is that, amirite?

Nah, that's not the cool part at all. I was afraid that would distract people from the meat of the book, which is far more interesting. That's simply an artifact of the major society in the book. As the plot thickens and you become more accustomed to the pronouns, that whole issue should fade.

I don't mind a book with long exposition, particularly in a new, standalone setting. And as far as jumping on a bandwagon goes, I expected to dislike it and was initially disappointed at the pronoun gimmick. What grabbed me was the character concept (I'm all about character), which I thought became obvious early on. And by the end, the plot was rather dizzying. It reminded me of Zelazny's 'fuege state' battles in that one book of his... um, Creatures of Light and Darkness.

Believe me, I'm not a best seller junkie. I actually enjoyed the book and am sorry you are not.


Taoist thought for the day.


Be sure not to die before you read Ancillary Justice.


Wow.


I just finished Ancillary Justice. I've only felt like applauding at the end of a book two or three times in my life, and this was one of them. Now I understand why it has won so many awards and is up for so many more.

Told from the point of view of the remaining member of a murdered AI 'hive' mind, the entire plot develops from conflicts and actions that individuals could never take alone. The multiple personality characters call for a different way of thinking and strategizing that make the plot incredibly difficult to predict and very rewarding as it unfolds.

I highly recommend this book, though its novel pronoun conventions may have some readers in fits. Relax, roll with it, and enjoy the story. Wow.

Wow.


Female Humanish Very little class but on the level

That's interesting, and I think we should try it.


Female Humanish Very little class but on the level

Boo to vacations and illness. Boo, I say!

Take care and hope all goes smoothly.


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Orthos wrote:
Lies of Locke Lamora is up next.

Ah, enjoy. At least, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


I adore Black Company and Garrett PI but simply cannot get into IotN or DE. It's very strange.


Yes.


I was all excited, but noticed the source is dated 2006. Makes me wonder... and hope... and wonder...

I thought the series was left in a good place at the end and am not sure that more would enhance it.


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I am kvlt.

I had to look it up, so I think by definition I'm not kvlt.


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That is the most metal thing I ever heard in my whole life.


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Now I'm hungry, dammit.


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TarSpartan wrote:
Has anyone ever finished a book series because they feel compelled to finish it, not because they enjoyed the series?

Wheel of Time fixed that.


1. Scrape big stuff into garbage disposal.
2. Put freshly dirty plates straight into the dishwasher and wash immediately.
3. If plates sit and get caked with dried on gick (like lasagna and egg yolk), dust off and nuke the whole mess from orbit.
4. Settle new planet.


Oof. This hurts.


Lord Snow wrote:
Having become a supporting member of this year's hugo awards, I now have the Complete Wheel of Time on my Kindle (that's roughly a 10000 pages long book). I... I fear I will start reading it soon. *gulp*.

I'm surprised it's still running. Or portable.


Female Humanish Very little class but on the level

Did we decide L3?


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Female Humanish Very little class but on the level

Color me IN! Hooray!


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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

I thought you were supposed to burn a book after you had read it, that way the info was always yours?

I applaud your efforts to prop up capitalism.

I've read nothing lately because the battery on my book died. :(


Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:

And two that I already had but couldn't help getting anyway: The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Elric of Melnibone.

You realize you're allowed to read the copies you already have a second time, don't you?

:P


But he trusted Michael.


Chris Mortika wrote:
Stars and stones, are there a lot of digressions!! And long ones. I understand that it's a book about Harry's memories; I get that. But every so often, I have gotten exasperated and called out, "Butcher, get on with it, already."

Yeah, that's the advantage to reading. It's a lot easier to skim, and if I miss something important - bad on me. I can go back and read it. But I don't find the digressions nearly as distracting as you seem to on audio. Whew!


I finished Skin Game this morning so can return to Ancillary Justice. I am pleased at how well Ancillary Justice is living up to its hype and am reading at a leisurely pace to enjoy its unfolding.

Too often, I zip through a book then wish I could read it again for the first time.


Female Humanish Very little class but on the level

You can tell the profs don't do the grading since they hand those assignments out so readily. Let the grad asses do it. *shakefist*

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