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By the by, a natural 1 on a skill check is NOT a fumble or auto-failure - that happens only on attack rolls and saves.

You should still go by the total of the roll, so unless your magus has a low enough stealth skill that he could be detected by the NPC (including the -10 penalty for being asleep, plus whatever penalties for distance and intervening walls/floors) you ruled it incorrectly.

In that situation I'd say the penalties for being caught should be either extremely light, or something that can be entirely handwaved away.


Korak The Boisterous wrote:
mittean wrote:
I like Barbarians. :)
Ba ba barbarian

I like this one better


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It's a type of cheese, much like Elminster.


Trekkie90909 wrote:
Re: Gazebo + band: require additional context

Here you go - The story of Eric and the Dread Gazebo


I had some success with using Roll20 in that regard a year or so back. Basically treat the images like maps, place them on the map background, then do rectangular area reveals as necessary. Since you can have multiple images per "map", and multiple "map" canvases, and the GM can flip back and forth between them easily, it worked pretty well.

The alternative would be to set up a campaign wiki or something similar (obsidian portal perhaps), where things can be posted singly and cross-referenced.


(True Strike +) Ray of Exhaustion (twice). Lowish level but can be very effective. As a ranged touch attack, it's basically "don't roll a 1", with guaranteed fatigued on the first one (if they make the save) and then guaranteed exhausted on the second one (save doesn't matter at this point).


On further reflection, since we already have someone else wanting to play a Khajiit, I may end up with some other race. Still interested in playing a barbarian of some sort, though.


As an aside, I don't see how the move+standard to draw and drink the Touch Injection infusion, and then another move+standard for the Cure X potion, then another standard to touch the intended recipient, comes out to doing wonders for the party's action economy. In fact, in the case of a downed party member, it's significantly worse than just pouring the Cure X down their gullet directly.


If using Skinsend, Panacea, and other like spells with Touch Injection wasn't intended, I have to ask exactly what was intended? It specifies that it can be used with (infused) extracts, but there don't seem to be any on the Alchemist list that would be worth it.


If I may make a suggestion, the Spheres of Power rules look like they may be a better thematic match for Skyrim/ES style of magic than pretty much any sort of revamp/houseruling of the existing vancian system. Might save some work on your end.


I would definitely buy something like this if it actually supports high level play. I pretty much pass on all the Paizo APs because they all stop well short of capstone levels (19th-20th).


mittean wrote:
Soul gems are just part of random treasure, and I have someone who made values for those. If I need to adjust those later I can.

Does this mean we won't be able to use/make them ourselves (as in, use a Soul Trap spell to fill them)?

mittean wrote:
I'm considering trying to use the system similar to Eberron's gems. Thoughts?

No idea how that works. Not a fan of Eberron, mostly for flavor reasons.

mittean wrote:
I'm going through the race conversions that a lot of people of done right now and picking out the ones that I feel are the most interesting and faithful to the Elder scrolls.

Neat, I look forward to seeing which ones you pick.

mittean wrote:
Alchemy is a little different, as we have a seat, and classes for that. What with group ocean, the which class, and the alchemist class, that handles pretty much everything. So essentially I think it comes down to figuring out what ingredients in the world go with which potions in Pathfinder. That one could use a little discussion, because in Pathfinder ( not necessarily in the Elder scrolls) I actually limit who can craft potions, especially of higher levels. But in the elder scrolls, anyone picks up flower can. Which I'm not that much of a fan of. But let's discuss how alchemy should go down. :-)

"Group ocean"? Are you using text to speech? :) Craft Alchemy should just be a skill (like Craft Blacksmith etc), and anyone who puts points into it should be able to use it.

mittean wrote:
That's a good idea on the alchemy tables, Korak. I like the idea of anyone being able to craft weapons or armor, upgrade their quality, or do potions and such, so long as they are at the table they need. They would still need skill points to hit the DC check to see if they succeed, though.

Yes, all craftings should be their own skills. The craft DCs do bring up the question of whether we're using normal levels or some E6 variant, since they're capped by character level.

mittean wrote:
I'm starting to pull together an extensive list of weapons and armor and such in Skyrim, and attach it to its counterpart in Pathfinder. I think I'm going to use the weight and septum value of items from Skyrim, being as they are all balanced with each other in that economy, which is the one that we will be playing in. But things like armor class and damage and the effects of material types will be from Pathfinder.

So, just the normal PF equipment then? Armor/weapon material won't mean anything significant in that system, as far as I can tell. Maybe the armor as DR rules would help fill in that gap, but color me skeptical until you have the list done ;)


Yeah, that was pretty awful. Very disappointing, considering how good (aside from two particular elements) the trailers have been.


Crafting in general seems to be something that should just be allowed, actually, so long as one has access to the tables.


I think Tenro has it right on this one, regarding soul gems and alchemy.

As for materials, I think maybe just eliminating the boring "+x" enchantment for weapons and armor, and having the materials count as the enhancement value is probably the way to go. Something like this:
Iron = normal
Steel = Masterwork
Elven = +1 innate, max of +1 worth of additional properties (total +2 equivalent)
Dwarven = +1, +2 max
Orcish = +2, +2 max
Glass = +3, +3 max
Ebony = +4, +4 max
Daedric = +5, +5 max (total +10 equivalent)

Smithing to improve the items could simply increase the damage by one die step each time, with a max of 5 steps. DC something like 15 + (5 * innate bonus of material) + (5 * # steps already increased). If a die step increase is too much, maybe just a flat +2 damage (which would multiply on crits and such as normal) per step.


Weeeeee!


I'd argue Pounce is at least equal with Power Attack. Same with some of the other Totem powers.


As a matter of fact, let me propose an alternative to the E6 idea... everyone starts out about level 4-5, then if you want to cap the power level we could stop at say 12, with every level after that being a gestalt of previous levels (starting back at 1). "Real ultimate power" still gets capped (still no 7/8/9 level spells), but we gain a whole lot of versatility and choice, not to mention actual narrative control. A lot of the things martials really need in order to keep up with the bestiary contents are locked off behind level 10 or higher.


A bit over 20 years, at this point. Unless you mean PF specifically (5 years) or Skyrim (~800 hours).


We're going to be low powered enough as it is, please don't make us start as NPCs on top of that. What's next, everyone has to take the Young Creature template?

Edit: or maybe I should follow Korak's lead. I love the idea of the Skyrim setting combined with PF rules, but this is kinda wandering far afield, for me. I usually can't stand anything below about level 4, since there are so few real options. Characters at those levels aren't, in my opinion, heroic. I guess I'll hold off until the houserules are finalized.


Given the text of Share Spells ("The wizard may cast a spell with a target of “You” on his familiar (as a touch spell) instead of on himself."), plus how Infusions work (basically as potions - others can benefit from normally Alchemist-only extracts but they're the ones who have to drink it), I'd say the familiar would have to be the one drinking. This gets into kind of a weird corner case, though, so there's really no RAW to explicitly state so.


Or Truenaming, but that was less "confusing" and more "WHY DOESN'T THIS WORK, AARGH".


I could get behind a gestalt DSP-class-only (plus pure martials) game. Still not a fan of E6, though. :)


1 & 2 redux: Extracts and mutagens are both considered spells for purposes of the Share Spells familiar ability, so yes.

4. Like you said, RAW doesn't allow that. It's not that the target becomes "You", it's rather that you become the target (the touched creature, or the creature within Close range, etc).

Allowing basically any extract to be used with Share Spells on your tumor familiar seems like it would be a pretty reasonable houserule, though. Ask your GM. I personally would allow it.


No problems, I have a goblin alchemist going the tumor familiar route currently, so it's fresh in my mind ;)


I'm interested, so long as we can get a coherent set of rules / house rules that I can figure out, in one place rather than spread across a bunch of posts. Maybe a google docs version? I googled for "epic 6 pf" and found basically nothing of use, so on that basis alone I'd suggest we use standard advancement.

Anyway, depending on the final version of racial stats and such, I'd probably go with a Khajiit barbarian/brawler. Mostly natural weapons unless we end up fighting something they'd be ineffective against (dragons, liches/dragon priests, high rank dremora), then probably either an axe or twin daggers/shortswords, depending on what the system makes usable.

Character: Male Khajiit, fleeing slavery, captured and tortured by Thalmor, escaped again and has heard that someone in Skyrim is actually standing up to those pointy-eared bastards, so he's headed that way in search of allies. Somewhat paranoid/survivalist, but realizes he needs others to succeed.

Would prefer exploring the Thalmor story (obviously), since it was woefully underexplored in Skyrim proper. Liked the Dark Brotherhood questline (although the one in Oblivion was better), along with the Companions. Not a huge fan of Mages' Guild or Thieves' Guild (storylines - I'm not opposed to them at all, just thought the stories were rather lackluster). Civil war story would be almost necessary to explore Thalmor stuff. I'd be okay with the Dragonborn stuff actually being a background to what we're doing, so long as he doesn't end up as an uber GMPC/NPC - it might be interesting if we're the ones who do all the really crucial stuff and he just takes the credit historically.

Mechanically, I do like the idea of having a more ES-ish crafting system, so ES materials, soul gems, alchemy, all that is great.


AwesomenessDog wrote:
Fumble is another name for Natural 1

No, it's not. If you roll a natural 1, you just simply miss that attack, even if the roll otherwise is equal or higher than the target's AC. There's no additional effect unless you're either using house rules, or something else overrides the "just miss". In the case of misfires, those happen (if you roll in the misfire range for your particular firearm) in addition to the natural 1 = miss, not instead of it.


Torbyne wrote:
Having played under "fumble decks" a few times let me just say, DONT DO IT.

This. SO MUCH this.

Critical hits are fine, so long as they're PC (and *maybe* the occasional non-monster boss) only. If opponents can get special effects from their critical hits, it's disproportionately hard on the party, simply because there are so many opponents and only about 4 party members. Statistically, the party will be receiving FAR more crits than they can possibly dish out.

Crit fumbles are bad because the more attacks you make, the more often you have a chance of the fumble. The chance per swing doesn't go down as you gain levels, but the number of times you have to roll that chance does, and dramatically so. It's not worth it, and having played in a game that used these, I would absolutely not do it again - to the point of leaving the group.


1. Yes, but only if they have a target (not range - that would usually be "personal") of "you". Disguise Self and Expeditious Retreat are good examples of this. You treat extracts as spells when using the Share Spells ability, but they still have to meet the other criteria.
1. Yes, but only if they already have a target of "you". See #1.
3. Yes, but only if they have a range of "Touch". Endure Elements would be an example of this.

Dave Justus wrote:
Extracts are not spells. Share spells does nothing for an alchemist by RAW.

Share spells explicitly does work on extracts - reread the quoted (and bolded, in this case) text from the tumor familiar ability. No house rule needed.


That's a pretty low bar, Korak :)


Here's the link I was looking for earlier: Morrowind in PF. Hope that helps some, for ideas at least.


This interests me. Would it be PbP or realtime (Roll20 or similar)?

There's also some conversion docs floating around that have a bunch of Morrowind/Elder Scrolls stuff statted out for PF already. I can't find the specific one I'm thinking of at the moment, but here are some others to check out: PF Elder Scrolls stuff on Reddit


Reebo Kesh wrote:
Clearly people believe the system forces them to play Min/Maxed characters but hey guess what, your roll a 1 on a saving throw and you're still dead not matter if you can trip a Remorhaz. How about focusing on personality for your next character? It is a role playing game too.

Hey, great idea. I'll make a roleplay character, and then he can be dead when I roll below a 12 on that same saving throw instead of just on a 1...


Taku Ooka Nin wrote:
this is just an issue with players wanting to "win" the game

I far prefer thinking of it as "not wanting to lose", because playing a terrible (ineffective at what the character is supposed to do) character is not fun for me, or most of the players I know.

We don't always optimize or plan builds out 20 levels... but in PF, if you don't focus in something (and usually from a very early level), you generally won't be good at what you're trying to do. In some cases, you can't even be mediocre outside one or two "super" builds.

If you want a game that encourages broad character expertise instead of tight focus, I'd suggest you play something like Shadowrun. Pathfinder isn't that kind of game, and can't be without a huge amount of work (and then the subsequent balance pass after the first one turns out to have massive holes in places you didn't expect).


Whenever you think you need a GMPC... think again. You don't. Almost without exception.

Either play the character that's not there, or have someone (or all of them) pick up Leadership and then the cohort can fill the extra slot.

GMPCs lead to a very dark place, and I want to help others avoid it, having been down that road (as a player in a group that had multiple GMPCs) myself.


Hey, there's another good idea, although not directly related to how to deal with C/MD here...

High physical attributes should have superhuman benefits. To NON CASTERS (so, summoned critters and eidolons and animal companions and such wouldn't get these benefits).

20 Con = fast healing 1 while not in combat, every 2 points above that increases FH rating by 1.

20 Str = reduce all DR by 1, every 2 points above that reduce it by 1 more.

20 Dex = 5% miss chance, every 2 points above that increase by 5% (cap of 50%).

20 Wis = +1 on Fort/Ref saves, every 2 points add 1 more.

Not sure what to do for Int/Cha, but along those lines maybe. Not sure if flat scaling is the way to go, or if maybe we should start lower and require higher increments to scale (first benefit at 18, then 21, 25, 30, 36 etc).


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Here are some thoughts I've had on this issue:

1. Like Anzyr and KC mentioned above, cunning heroes (like rogue) should have some ability to "unweave" or otherwise disable / circumvent magical protections. This feels to me like it should be a fairly fine-grained ability, so maybe a skill. Probably not just disable device though, since so many other classes get that. Should be a rogue and rogue-lite class feature (rogue-lite at a penalty). Seems like this maybe should be its own minigame, like decking in Shadowrun (although, not to the point where it bogs things down while everyone else has to wait to play). There should be metamagics that make this harder or impossible to pull off. Edit: LoneKnave's idea about "magic-breaking" tools is a good one.

2. In order to "unweave" magic, you need to be able to sense it. Not sure if this should be baked into the perception skill, made its own skill, or maybe even done through alchemical means. Maybe all of the above. Normally its own skill, rogue talent (or trait, really, this is kinda weak to be its own talent) to let you use regular perception, and a couple alchemical items to let you use perception or just flat out give you the Sight. (Alchemical items kinda needed here since this ability should be shareable.)

3. Brute heroes (fighters and such) need to flat-out be able to cut through spells tossed at them, using only their blade. Probably something innate to the class instead of a weapon enchantment, this should be doable even after picking up a chair leg in a bar fight. Maybe cost a feat, gain the ability to, as an immediate action, (a) make a spellcraft check to identify incoming spell effect (wait, is this already a free or non action?), (b) attempt to "attack" it once identified, or do so with a penalty if the spellcraft check isn't high enough. Might be neat to have blades and blunt weapons affect certain spells differently - blades cut through while blunt weapons smash it aside. Could make for a neat "fizzle / misfire" table for disrupted spells.

4. Stealth needs to work, and there needs to be a way for a stealth character to help the rest of the party not suck at it (as Anzyr painted so vividly above). There are already ways for paladins (as an example) to "steal" the rogue's stealth ranks and share it with the group, but nothing intrinsic to the stealth class itself? Seems wrong to me. This should be something with a resource cost, like alchemical items.

5. Monks need some love too, in this arena. Maybe give them a separate SR for hostile spells only (or cost a feat to be able to select which incoming spells are affected by their SR). Probably should include their Wis mod as a bonus to the SR rating. They'd need spellcraft to identify incoming spells as well.

6. Casters have too many scaling factors, and they're too SAD. Int casters should have their save DCs affected by their Wis mod, Wis casters by Cha mod, and Cha casters by Int mod (or something like that anyway... not the same for everyone). There should also be no bonus spells for high casting stat (they already sort of get more spell slots simply by being able to cast the higher level spells at all).


pipedreamsam wrote:
Freedom of movement works.

Excellent! Thanks, I think this is what I'm looking for.

Weirdo wrote:
Storm-lashed feat

Also excellent!

Much appreciated, everyone :)


What are some good ways to gain a resistance or immunity to wind effects? I'd hate for my tiny familiar (or myself) to get blown away in a fight.


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I'd suggest you get together with the other players in your group and simply have the entire party ask for extra rum rations. After you're all dead of con damage, maybe the GM will rub a couple brain cells together and dump the grog thing entirely.


Generally speaking, you could make extracts from spells not on the alchemist spell list (via the existing research "mechanic"). However, that being the general part of the rules quoted means that none of the custom extracts can be made from spells with focus components. All of the spells with focus components that the PDT wanted to be available to alchemists are explicitly on their spell list, possibly to avoid just such a question.

GMs can override that restriction (and allow non-alchemist spells with focus components to be researched as extracts by alchemists) with house rules if they want, but that's what RAW states.


Specific (Alchemists gain Clone as an extract formula) overrides general (spells with focus components cannot be made into extracts).

If you decide that the focus component is still required to create the extract itself, it would be required when the extract is prepared, because extracts explicitly only take one standard action to mix/quaff when used.


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I'm not deluded enough to believe Paizo has any interest in any of these things, but here is what I'd love to see in a new version of Pathfinder:

1. Editing that values clarity (unambiguous wording) instead of only low word count.
1a. Writing/Editing that understands the actual written mechanics of the game, eliminating for example feats that have no actual effect, or feats that actively penalize you.
1b. Writing/Editing that recognizes that Words Mean Things. Stop overloading words (character level, class level, spell level). Use keywords/tags instead of leaving it to the GM/players to figure out which things count as X (such as fear effects).

2. Playtesting by groups including optimizers, to find imbalances and missing/broken rules before publish.

3. The death of Vancian casting mechanics. Go with spell drain, mana points, cooldowns, whatever... just get rid of spell slots entirely. It's a bad mechanic and the major contributor to the "15 minute workday" problem.

4. The death of the "martials can't have nice things" problem arising from the mindset that martials have to be "realistic" even though casters can bend reality over their knees even at low level.

5. The death of "zero to hero" character advancement. Beginning characters should be competent and should have meaningful options in every major area of play (combat, non-combat, and affecting the story).

6. A challenge rating system that works.

7. Support for so-called "high level" play, meaning APs or at the very least modules intended for all levels for which there are published rules. If the Core Rulebook shows a progression to level 20, then by all the gods there should be things to DO at that level (and ways to actually get there, instead of stopping at 14th like almost every AP does).

8. GMing advice that doesn't include suggesting the GM should cheat. Not even "call it fudging instead".

9. Even power scaling between classes. No more quadratic wizards. Spells should not scale on SIX axes at once (# of slots, spell level of slots, save DC, duration, range, and damage) while martial abilities only scale on three or less (damage, chance to hit, save DC sometimes). Alternatively, give martials nice things that scale the same way spells do.


It seems that, like so many other abilities(/spells/items/etc), clarity lost out to word count somewhere during the editing process. I really wish there was something we (the customers) could do in order to change that, but after 5+ years I don't see one.


If you take out (or reskin) the Force and the Jedi, Star Wars Saga Edition can do scifi horror quite well. Not currently in print AFAIK, but there are copies available on Amazon and such.


SwnyNerdgasm wrote:
Pointy-eared arrogant elven bastards?

I see someone else has played through Second Darkness.

+1 to you (and this most accurate epithet), sir.


According to the quoted ability text, it could apply to any of the creature's attacks. However, the effect only happens once per round (most likely on the first attack that lands).

So, yes, it can [use the effect with all its attacks], but it doesn't matter [because the effect only happsn once per round].


Strictly RAW, it looks like it does. Since it does specify "attached", it probably can't actually move the two of you, but it should be able to take move equivalent actions (and standard, etc) just like any non-tumor familiar.

PFSRD entry on Tumor Familiar wrote:
The tumor acts as the alchemist’s familiar whether attached or separated (providing a skill bonus, the Alertness feat, and so on).
PFSRD entry on Familiar (Wizard class ability) wrote:
Small-sized familiars threaten the areas around them like Small creatures, and can be used to flank enemies, though both familiars and their masters are often loath to use such tactics, as the result is often a dead familiar.


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Chengar Qordath wrote:
My last "monk" was an armor-wearing sword-wielding mounted warrior who used a small but helpful selection of spell-like abilities to supplement his marital prowess.

This is quite possibly the best typo ever.


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Dennis Deadsky wrote:

The GM should realize that starting characters at level 12 was a terrible idea. That's just where the system starts to break down. That's a big part of where this problem is coming from. Also, PCs created at high level are invariably inferior to those leveled up. This supposedly 'experienced' GM ought to know this.

Just go with it. Seek out the TPK. Don't let the GM hand-wave away the TPK. Next campaign, your GM should start everyone at first level.

That's just, like, your opinion, man.

Seriously, that might be true for your group and your campaign. Don't make the mistake of assuming everyone else plays the game just like you do. Some of us are absolutely sick of starting every game at level 1 and having to scrabble for every single copper and hit point to make it up to the level where we can actually consider ourselves heroes. It's even worse when every AP stops right at the point where we start getting the actual fun toys, like the ability to significantly impact the story and/or the game world.

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