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There were indeed entries in the 1st ed DMG for THAC0 in the table for monsters. That's hardly "late" in the life cycle, it was a full 10 years before 2nd ed.
1st ed was a giant quilt of patches and patches of tables for everything. 2nd ed streamlined a lot of it, ditching a ton of these scattered tables and niche rules, and then proceeded to make tons more of them in the new format. It seemed like a HUGE change back then, now... not so much.
I totally reworked Mokmurian and ditched all the fog spells. Didn't seem thematically coherant. I had him put the wall of force between two pillars, diagonally, about 5 feet off the floor and about 10-15 feet (I think) from the ceiling. He could target AoE spells just under the wall and let them spread, and the party wasted a few rounds trying to figure out why their spells weren't working and how to get around the wall (exactly where it was). It made the fight last a little bit longer, as it should have.
I think Taldor might actually be getting stronger. They didn't do so well in Season 4, but lately they've been gathering forces for a trip up North. One of their claims to greatness came in the founding of the Shining Crusade. What better way to return glory to the empire than to send a massive force north to push back the demonic hordes (in theory, at least)?
This very notion is the character concept for my first PFS character. Made at Gen Con 2009, he's a Taldan cleric of Iomedadae, fresh from the crusades, trying to get the Pathfinders to work with Taldor to return that nation to glory so they can close the Worldwound with one last Grand Expedition. He switched to the Silver Crusade when he could, but sad to say, he's just now 8th level and hopefully will see some great things out of both his old and his new faction come August!
Summoned Monsters/Nature's Allies are proactive cure spells. Every hit they take is one your party doen't take.
They are also a poor man's battlefield control, as you can get some pretty big creatures that foes have to move/tumble around to get to your squishies. And they are incredibly versitile. If nothing else, they are flanking/aid another buddies equivalent to +2/+4 buffs. Prayer is 3rd level for the same basic effect.
If you choose to be a useful as a rubber burrito in a granite quarry, then I am within my rights to choose not to heal, buff, or support your character's "Build" in any way.
Some folks are ok with this, while others strive to make a better experience for the majority of players by fostering cooperation and teamwork.
An idea I once had involved dragons. Still having massive wealth at home, and seeing the success Cheliax has had allying with devils, Stavian puts the call out for dragons to suppliment his armies, paid for with the gold of the glories of old. They do, and they crush the Qadiran military, though not the entire nation. Then the dragons set up shop instead of going home. Unable to oust them by force, Stavian officially makes certain powerful individual dragons regional governors.
This idea was supposed to be the theme of a new Taldan AP, sort of "Against the Dragons", where all of this unfolds early on (or even behind the scenes) and the main AP deals with getting rid of the dragons. But in this case, maybe Taldor can rise to new heights of power, just under the crushing talons of draconian overlords.
I hear Windsong Abbey has a standing bounty on all evil magic stuff on the market. They'll buy it and dispose of it and pay fair market value to whomever turns it in. I think they are also starting an outreach program in Sandpoint and Magnimar, where representatives of the local churches can make the exchange for you, and pay in gold or scrip.
Just a rumor. Maybe.
Honestly, Eastern Witchcraft is psionics, and without psionics in the game you will be shoehorning something that doesn't quite fit when building the character. Likewise, "elves" being 7' tall is a campaign thing, as well as "everyone can draw on the Imperial Orb to cast some spells". Most of this is out the window in a generic Pathfinder game.
To best emmulate Vlad in a standard Pathfinder game, I'd go rogue (or ninja) with some bard (archaeologist, or some other selfish archetype) for his magic. Use rogue/ninja tricks on combat feats to simulate his Eastern fencing style, and pick up Improved Familiar (Loiosh IS a pseudodragon, albeit with the serial numbers filed off. That's 100% what Brust was modeling the character after, as he had played D&D back in the day). Finally, get some levels of Assassin in. See if your DM is ok with your character being Chaotic Neutral and still getting the pseudodragon and the Assassin PrC.
A little magic, a familiar, a lot of sneak attacking, and a ruthless streak a mile wide, that's Vlad.
Sorry if this is covered elsewhere, I tried a search first I swear.
Which of the Season 5 scenarios being offered at this year's Gen Con give the best storyline for this season's metaplot/story arc? I essentially only get to play PFS at Gen Con, and I have not played my 8th level Cleric of Iomedae in any scenarios from this season. I can only fit so many slots in before the big season 5 conclusion special on Friday night, so I want to know which ones to play in before Friday night.
There is a dwarven shield+axe ranger in our RotRL game similar to this, and he does quite well. He uses a dwarven axe and doesn't focus as much on the knockback (there are a LOT of size Large or larger foes in this AP, but that's ok because he rarely knocks one back more than 5' so he can keep up the full attacks). I won't critique this build for you, but I will say, it is a strong choice for this AP. Just make sure you get the right favored enemies. I won't spoil anything for you, but ask your DM. And look at the titles and cover art for the 6 books!
I'm running it for 5 PCs, and I keep them a level below what is suggested in each chapter. Since your party seems to be caster-light and melee heavy, I might instead max all foes' hp instead and see how that goes. Not having an arcane caster is going to make this harder, and is a shame because there is a lot of love for PC wizards in this AP.
Mathwei ap Niall wrote:
That'll teach me to post from memory instead of looking it up first!
I think a lot of people who claim that touch spells are so easy to land that the auto-hit aspect of Magic Missile is negligible aren't using the ranged touch rules correctly. Firing into melee is at -4 to hit, firing at an oponent that has cover is -4 to hit, and usually both will apply to a caster of ranged touch/ray spells. If your buddy is between you and the target and is in melee with your target, a wizard/sorcerer with a piss-poor BAB and no stat points left to put into Dex after pumping Int/Chr to the stratosphere is NOT likely to land that hit!
As much as I hate to say it, I don't think Bashing stacks with a spiked shield, and here's why I came to that conclusion.
Pathfinder Core Rulebook wrote:
Bashing: A shield with this special ability is designed to perform a shield bash. A bashing shield deals damage as if it were a weapon of two size categories larger (a Medium light shield thus deals 1d6 points of damage and a Medium heavy shield deals 1d8 points of damage). The shield acts as a +1 weapon when used to bash. Only light and heavy shields can have this ability.
Looking at Table 6-4: Weapons, we see separate entries for "Shield, light" and "Spiked Shield, light" (same for heavy shields). Therefore, I conclude that the Bashing property cannot even be added to a spiked shield, so the question of their ability to stack is moot.
I'm pretty sure "tie in" means that there will be cards and quests in the upcoming chapters of the Skull & Shakles card game that will share names and themes with the three adventures in this adventure module. Nothing more. There won't be cards in this adventure for use in the card game, or anything like that.
Yes. Hence the paragraph I wrote just prior to the one you quoted.
Usually if you mouse over a number, HeroLab will tell you at least the types of bonuses it used to calculate the final result (i.e. Armor Class has base + dex + dodge + deflection etc etc). It's YOUR job to know when situational modifiers apply, such as when you are making an attack you get a bonus for (i.e. Sundering with Improved/Greater Sunder).
Every Feat, Trait and Spell (and gear too, I think) has a reference noted in it's entry, so you can tell what book it came from. It's YOUR job to make sure you own it outside of HeroLab.
Clicking the "Pathfinder Society Organized Play character" box in the "Configure Hero" menu should usually show you everything that's currently legal for PFS play. If you don't own the data package for a book, obviously it won't show up. You can manually click on boxes for every book that you DO own the data set for in the same menu. It's YOUR job to make sure your clicked boxes coincide with books you actually own.
Finally, a data set is a lot cheaper than the accumilated costs of the PDFs for the books contained in the data set. Saying "I'd rather buy more PDFs" is disingenuous, because you can buy 5 PDFs for over $50, or one data set that contains the HeroLab files for the same 5 books for $5, less if you get it in a bundle. AND you could just use the included editor to code it all in yourself for FREE if you want. The data sets do cost more money, but the money spent has value and it is not necessary. Try coding in some data yourself and see if your time is worth more than the $5 it costs to just buy the set.
My group took the Black Arrows along, plus Orik (who was sentenced to join the rangers, and transporting him there was the tie in from book 2). They came up from under the fort through the shocker lizard caves, which they bypassed thanks to the druid and the smoke advice, and ran right into Lucretia. She promptly did her "welcome home, Kaven, and thanks for delivering the last of the Black Arrows to me" speech. Upon hearing that, all eyes turned to him, he started to sputter a denial (piss-poor Bluff check) and Jakardros blew his top and turned from the lamia to attack Kaven! Kaven, who was "bringing up the rear" anyway turned and fled back down the tunnel, and by the time the party had dispatched Lucretia and went looking for him, he was nothing but a barbecued shocker lizard meal.
MP, I feel your pain. My group are all older, with kids, and are alo geographically spread over hundreds of miles to boot! If we are lucky, we can meet every 6-8 weeks, and often in the winter/spring we have to miss one of those sessions because we just can't coordinate schedules. We have me plus 5-6 players, and getting everyone around the table is hard. When we do meet, we play for 8-12 hours (with meal breaks etc), so we do get a lot done, and we do have a dedicated adventure chronicler. Can't get people to coordinate via email anything but play dates, so we spend too much time updating characters/crafting/dividing loot, which all could be done via email. We use HeroLab, so the paperwork itself is fast and easy, but still.
And on top of this everyone wants more, not less APs. We have been playing RotRL for 4 years now, and are about 1/4 into book 5, but we have picked out the next AP for me to run, and one of the players has kicked off WotR as well. I've suggested we do more PFS or modules instead of APs, but nobody wants to do that. We've started to invest time and effort into VTT play, with yet another player running Thornkeep, and the idea that WotR is also to go mostly VTT, but our problem is the same: everyone wants to play, no one has time, and no one wants to exclude anyone (we are all friends for 20+ years). So we are right back to tryijng to fit square scheduling pegs into round calendar holes, no matter if we are talking online or in person.
So, what about a Skirnir Magus? They get a shield as an arcane bond. I assume that they are limited to +1 until 5th level, and they must pay full price until then as well? What if they want to enchant it as a weapon also? Same deal, +1 (full price) until 5th level? And the total price for a +1 shield enhancement/+1 weapon enhancement bonus heavy mithril shield would be 4020gp, full price?
Seems like the half-price discount for arcane bonded objects is nearly worthless before 5th level for weapons, and really limited for this particular archetype since their shield and weapon are a single object for the purposes of Prestige purchase limits.
Geralt: No. Telepathy is communication only, nothing about it grants control of any kind. And being mindless, the skeletons can't be contacted with telepathy anyway.
Slayer: I posted a link in this forum somewhere, possibly earlier in this very thread, that connects to an open Flikr gallery of my raid on sandpoint set up, complete with cardstock buildings and minis. If I get time, I'll repost the link.
EDIT: Found it. Here you go: Raid on Sandpoint
1) Yes. Mostly a red herring.
Plus when this AP was written, there was little to no information about any of the major gods. The first 3 APs were a whrilwind tour of Varisia and the major deities worshipped there.
Orik was captured in my game and went to trial in Magnimar. Before Jusice Ironbriar, of course. He was sentenced to life with the Black Arrows, and escorting him was my lead-in to book 3. Once there, he helped infiltrate the fort and stayed on, having a major change of heart/life altering moment when he sees what happens to Kaven Windstrike, a guy he easily could have wound up as. Now he's a proud member of the most recent generation of rangers as Fort Rannick.
You pay $11-$13 for a companion book from Paizo (i.e. Orcs of Golarion).
You pay $5 (or less) for a data package for HeroLab that contains the material from 4-5 companion books (Race bundle). Do people really consider that "buying the same thing twice"??
My group uses HeroLab, and never looked back. Any bugs are either corrected in their frequent updates or are corner cases that never once have come up, and if they did, we'd make a note and work around it.
I watched this video when I saw it on Google+ (with the sound down, however). I am somewhat amazed at how completely different our painting styles are, and I'm sure if you find 10 miniature figure painters you'll find 8-9 different ways of doing the same thing.
I guess I learned something after all!
I have a question, though. Since my sound was off, you may have said but I missed it, but how did you base the minis? Thanks!