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Very cool! I like how this has turned out! This is absolutely, 100% going to be my new favorite class.
One little thing, though...
The easiest way to explain crits to newbie players has always been, "flat numbers multiply, extra dice don't." But Studied Combat has a "flat" bonus to damage that doesn't multiply on a critical hit. Cases like this one mess up that simple explanation.
Note that there are very, very few of these elsewhere in the rules:
Those are all pretty obscure cases. This is a standard class feature of what may well be the most popular new class. To me, that's not good consistent design. I'm gonna end up houseruling that it multiplies.
Erik Keith wrote:
Erik has sorted this all out for me. Once again, they Paizo's customer service team prove themselves to be the best.
I like how Salim shows how the Golarion setting can tell swesome stories for "high level" characters, as well as gritty low-level ones. As far as I can see, there really aren't any other PFT protagonists that are up there at Salim's level, though Varian and Radovan are clearly leveling up over the course of their series.
My least-liked rule on the other thread was Encumbrance, so here's where I defend it:
Encumbrance rules can be very helpful if you're running a tight survival-style game: you're marooned in the desert, or stuck in a huge dungeon, and you won't be able to resupply very easily.
In that case, it's very important to keep track of ever little piece of equipment, how much it weighs you down, and how fast you can travel.
As much as I dislike fiddling with it, I'd probably use encumbrance rules if I were running Souls for Smuggler's Shiv or a long-distance traveling adventure. Or at least I'd consider running a simplified version. :)
Jacob Trier wrote:
As the beginner of that thread, let me also say, "Hurrah! Kortes rises again!"
Rob McCreary wrote:
Thanks, Rob! That does make sense.
No, sorry, I made that detail up myself. But there *is* a reference to explorers coming from as far away as Ustalav, which is what gave me the idea. ;)
And there's a strong connection to ancient Osirion for the Esoteric Order of the Palatine Eye, the Masons-esque secret society from Ustalav. Who knows; that might show up in an NPC or something later on in the AP.
Yeah, I can't decide between wanting to play an Ustalavan archaeologist who studied under Professor Lorrimor there to learn about the undead, or the descendant of an ancient dynasty trying to prove my family's heritage, or a Magaambyan Arcanist there to meet sphinxes, or a local street urchin looking to make a quick buck, or...
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David Neilson wrote:
Actually a faction of Zon-Kuthon followers that went out of its way to hurt people that attacked Shelynites would be amusing. It would be far from the most out their possible sectarian schism after all. Though partly this is just me finding the idea of someone assaulting a Goddess of Love and Beauties temple, and then finding you have a bunch of Kuthite murder cultists wanting you dead.
Ha ha, I like it!
The whole campaign is under the ocean. An ancient underwater empire has returned through a 10,000 year time rift, after they fled a catalysm into the future. You're a ragtag group from the current aquatic races. Deal with the consequences of a complete civilization suddenly appearing from nowhere into the existing ecosystem and political order of your oceanic home.
I think it can cause problems by leading to a divergence between player expectations and GM expectations. I find that a lot of players have the feeling that if something is in the CRB, it's *supposed* to be in the game. And that's perfectly understandable.
But there are a lot of plots that relatively-easy resurrection magic causes problems with. For example, I'm planning to run a game that starts with the assassination of an Elven king. If resurrection is ubiquitous (at least for the for the rich and powerful), not only is the plot easy to solve, but nobody would have even bothered to assassinate him in the first place
As a GM, it's important for me to make it perfectly clear which ways I am going to be deviating from the core rules. In my case, since my characters are only level 8, I'm going to mostly keep magic as-is and have the assassin go through a bit more trouble to ensure that the king stays dead.
But I also don't really want to permanently kill PCs off in this campaign without the players' permission, so I've given them access to a scroll or two of resurrection magic at lower than usual levels. But I'm also using some "twists" like Crank does to keep player death meaningful without it being permanent. So far, the party wizard has been resurrected, and now he's haunted by a Nosoi who feels like it's messed up its job and is trying to get him re-killed. :)
Would this be a viably buildable character or do the not-allowed evolutions restrict the Eidolon too much?
"Viable" in what context? I suspect you'll be effective in combat, but it'll take you five times as long to get through it. So you as a character will win lots of fights, but you as a player will lose lots of Saturdays.
Here's what I would do if I were your GM: I'd say that you can take the feat Selective Channeling and have it apply only to this ability. This would be separate from the normal effects of Selective Channeling (i.e. if you wanted both effects, you'd have to take the feat twice).
If that turned out to be overpowered in play, I'd probably make it so using the feat cost double the rounds per day. BTW, rounds per day isn't Wis+3, it's equal to Cleric level.
Ha! Double ninja'd.
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Criminals of the Inner Sea: An examination of thieves guilds throughout the Avistan and Golarion, covering methodology and psychology of groups like the Sczarni, the Outlaw Council of the River Kingdoms, Westcrown's Council of Thieves, and Korvosa's Cerulean Society. It'd be a great way to give your rogues more flavor.
Yes, yes, yes. But PLEASE not until I have a chance to earn myself a spot on the contributor list for this book. All of my best organization ideas are illegal groups in some manner or another.
James, I'm planning to run a game soon based on the assassination of an Elven king in Sovyrian, and I'm brainstorming things to include/deal with. PCs are all level 8, and NPCs are between level 6 and 12.
1. What tools could the assassins use to help ensure that the king can't be resurrected?
2. What ideas might the assassins come up with to frame the PCs (strangers from another planet, there for research) for the assassination? They would need to work against 10th-12th level security measures.
3. What could be some good ways for the PCs to find clues that connect the real assassins to the mastermind -- an ambitious nobleman -- while they evade capture by the authorities?
I agree with you about the problematic nature of the Rules as Written. The way I run it instead is that the spell creates a copy of a type of creature, rather than actually taking some real creature away from what it was doing -- otherwise the Lantern Archons would all unionize and appeal to the gods to be taken off the list!
Blood of the stars would be awesome. I would like more info/abilities on Lashunta and we also have the Triaxians, Kasatha, and maybe Trox. Also by the time we ever see such a book we will have stats for races like Vercites and more.
Yeah, that would be cool! And perhaps an alternate racial trait or two for Sovyrian Elves, or mortals kept for sport on Eox.
Also, +1 for Blood of Shadows. Wayang, Fetchlings, Shaespawn, maybe "pre-Kyton" mortals...
Mythic Evil Lincoln wrote:
We don't intend to always run rules-lite; this was the intro session for everybody (GM included), so were were just working out the basics.
The complicated stuff, like "Fight!" and "Duel of Wits" look really fun to me -- but I still haven't quite gotten my head around how wounds work.
EDIT: I have heard Mouseguard is great, though.