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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.]
Oh, of course, feinting:
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.
Bonus-wise, their utility is not limited to pinecones, but also includes dog 'problems', bones, small animals, insects, toys, pets, and neighbors.
Aaron Bitman wrote:
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.
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.
This is why poor Gary gets stressed. You bastards.
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.
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.
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!