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860 posts. Alias of Mark Greene.


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Urath DM wrote:

Neither is it a questions of body slots, as clothing is not assigned to a slot (as far as I can tell).

I must correct myself.

The definitions of the body slots in Ultimate Equipment clearly calls out the Body and Chest slots as being for articles of clothing.. so that seems to settle the question for me.

Thanks all for your responses.

The armor bonus not stacking, and getting only the better, is understood... if it applies.

Neither is it a questions of body slots, as clothing is not assigned to a slot (as far as I can tell).

What I am concerned about is a situation like the PCs need to travel in extreme cold conditions.

Do they need to choose between wearing armor (which provides an armor bonus, but no protection against the exposure to cold weather), or wearing a Cold Weather Outfit (which provides a +5 circumstance bonus to Fort saves against exposure to cold weather, but no armor bonus).

Based on the description and illustration, it seems likely that suits of clothing ( "X Outfit", "Cleric's Vestments", "Monk's Robes", etc.) are not intended to be worn with armor.

However, I can find no direct statement one way or the other (although I notice the Tabard mentioned it is typically worn over armor), so I ask the question. :)

@Derek Dalton .. do you recall where that is stated?

Generally, I've found an absence of rules saying you can't, which is not the same as saying you can. so I was hoping for something more affirmative.

Can you wear clothing, such as a Cold Weather Outfit, with armor?

Anubis2406 wrote:

thanks for your ideas. that leads me to the next thing I didn't get yet:

why are the two stalkers living in a boarded house? If they leave the building during the day and were seen by somebody who recognizes the Foxglove couple, should that person not start asking suspiciously questions? I mean, why would that couple live in there, if they we're the real couple?

As I understand it...


The Brothers of the Seven saw to it that the house was boarded up a few days before (probably when they were sure Aldern had become a ghast and gone back to Foxglove Manor to harvest the marked souls in the Sandpoint area.

Justice Ironbriar sent the two Faceless Stalkers to the house. They are there to lay low and kill the PCs if the PCs come to investigate.

In addition to what has been said here, "Bastards of Golarion" pretty much uses Nualia as the model for the "Celebrity" background.. including artwork that looks pretty much like her.

While the book has large portions dedicated to Half-Elves and Half-Orcs, there is a lot that is usable for other part-human races.

This is the sort of thing that the Kingmaker AP did ... exploration and missions from NPCs.

The exploration rules are updated in Ultimate Campaign (available on the PRD here).

An ongoing mission for the PCs to locate new sources of rare wood for the lumber operations would be ideal.

Missions from their mentors could include things like fetching plants for spell components, fetching plants for medicinal use, fetching plants or animals for cooking ingredients, and finding lost children.

The module "Fangwood Keep" has a gazetteer of the southern forest.. you could use that for ideas, and maybe send the PCs there to help with the defenses.

Kingdom Events, even if you are not using the Kingdom rules (also updated in Ultimate Campaign), could be used to generate missions.. take care of a rabble-rousing NPC, help find lost loggers, remove a marauding owlbear, and so on.

Don't forget that several new books have come out since "Crypt of the Everflame" was released.. so there are many more base classes who could have mentors there.. and maybe some of them don't like each other? Perhaps they put their proteges up to things like racing in the forest?

Also, the older module "Conquest of Bloodsworn Vale" can make for a nice break from the episodic missions assigned by mentors. It would take a little work to update from 3.5 to Pathfinder, but it isn't that difficult.

The HeroLab community is very active in producing files.

The issue, as Rednal said, is complexity. Adding a new deity, domain, even spell, is not hard. Coding adjustments to apply the effects of a new spell, new condition, etc... that's harder.

The editor supports additive material.. meaning things that go with the flow of the established rules and are similar to other, existing things. It does not support variant rules. That requires someone who has built up significant familiarity with the code base to go into the XML and do things by hand.

I would love to see HeroLab support for the Ultimate Rulership, Ultimate Battle, Ultimate War, line... but because they change rules (such as Edicts, and splitting an army's OV into melee and ranged values) are not additive; they are variants and alternatives. So it will be a while before the community has those.

One thought mentioned on the LoneWolf boards is that, while the Ultimate Rulership, etc., line seems too small for each to have its own HeroLab support project, maybe if the line grows to include enough content, a project to do a bundled HeroLab support set could work.

Jason Nelson wrote:
Urath DM wrote:

I'd like the see the Ultimate series dip a bit more into the Downtime rules.. new rooms, teams, buildings, and organizations seem like an area ripe for expansion.

The Hell's Rebels AP gave the Rebellion organization a means to be active ... ways for organizations to interact (attack and defend) would be interesting. This may be more fertile ground after Ultimate Intrigue ships and we see what is in it... if noble houses are not presented in some product similar to Guilds and Schools in Inner Sea Combat and Inner Sea Magic, perhaps that's another area to look at.

I have been jotting down notes about revisiting that side of the Ultimate Campaign rules once Ultimate Armies gets done. That is, more stuff around kingdoms, organizations, etc. I agree that it would be better to incorporate the new Ultimate Intrigue stuff into that, as it will obviously be highly relevant to that part of the game. :)

Being someone who really liked Birthright back in its day, I can say that having kingdom-scale organizations who do not depend on controlling hexes for their resources, and which can interact with kingdoms (of various sizes) would be ideal.

The characters of my players were spent after clearing the upper level. This was actually their second attempt at the place.

Unfortunately, they had let a goblin escape, and he made his way downstairs to get the longshanks down there (including a Tsuto who had escaped the Glassworks). They hid in a rope trick to rest up.

In my case, Nualia abandoned Thistletop to go to the Mosswood and try to recruit more goblins. Convincing the chief to split the tribe and send some of the troublemakers to Thistletop to occupy the preferred lair seemed like a good plan to her. She left her hounds as guards, and headed out.


Orik, Tsuto, Bruthazmus, and Lyrie were sent to ambush the party when they headed back to Thistletop... a faster-moving set of goblin spies kept watch for the PCs coming back. THat led to Orik and Lyrie being captured, and turned over to Magnimar for judgment.

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I'd like the see the Ultimate series dip a bit more into the Downtime rules.. new rooms, teams, buildings, and organizations seem like an area ripe for expansion.

The Hell's Rebels AP gave the Rebellion organization a means to be active ... ways for organizations to interact (attack and defend) would be interesting. This may be more fertile ground after Ultimate Intrigue ships and we see what is in it... if noble houses are not presented in some product similar to Guilds and Schools in Inner Sea Combat and Inner Sea Magic, perhaps that's another area to look at.

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There are also a few others:

  • The NPC Guide has a Varisian caravan that roams the area.

  • The Harrow card decks are a big focus of Varisian life.

  • The adventure "Murder's Mark" has a Varisian caravan/circus visiting the town of Ilsuaian. Ilsurian gets detailed in "Towns of the Inner Sea".

  • The adventure "The Godsmouth Heresy" takes place in Kaer Maga and adds some bits of lore, and a new Thassilonian monster suitable for any Thassilonian rulns.

  • The adventure "Feast of Ravenmoor" expands the settlement of Ravenmoor.

  • The Player Companion "Magical Marketplace" has a Varisian caravan that roams all over Avistan. Not exactly adding depth to Varisia itself, but makes for an interesting means of adding news and buying/selling unusual gear.

  • The Player Companion "Black Markets" expands on the black market in Riddleport, "Lubbertown".

Deadmanwalking wrote:

The names are intended to not be typical names in today's society (at least in the US) so as to reinforce the idea that this doesn't occur in our world. And to minimize jokes about 'Bob the Barbarian' and the like.

If I remember correctly, there was a list of suggested names for one of the monster races... orcs or hobgoblins, I think... that was altered because some of the names were actual names in Turkish.

So the name thing is intended not to include *any* actual real-world names, is my understanding.

The Shattered Star map folio has a poster-sized version of the (beautiful) in-world map of Varisia used in the Varisia player companion, as well as poster-sized maps of Magnimar and Kaer Maga.

  • The other early APs, Curse of the Crimson Throne and Second Darkness, add some detail to some areas, especially cities (Korvosa and Riddleport). CotCT adds more, especially about the region around Scarwall. Both the Shoanti and the Varisians get some lore in support articles in CotCT, as does the region called the Cinderlands.

  • City of Strangers is a guidebook to Kaer Maga.
    Guide to Korvosa is 3.5, like the Curse of the Crimson Throne AP, but the lore elements should be good.

  • Pirates of the Inner Sea discusses the pirates of Riddleport

  • The Jade Regent AP begins in Sandpoint, and adds Varisian Caravan rules that may prove useful, as well as flavor for them.

  • The Shattered Star AP visits several places, such as Windsong Abbey and the Lady's Light, giving more details on them.

  • There are PFS Scenarios, such as King of the Storval Steps, that take place in Varisia and add details to it.

You may want to look over the Adventure Finder and set it to show all adventures in Varisia.

As I read it, the thing appears from the ground (no body required) and disappears when time is up or when destroyed.

FWIW, in his "Monster Focus" series self-published through Minotaur Games, Jason Bulmahn included tables of a few knowledge check results for the creature in each book. This is certainly not an official thing for Pathfinder overall, but it does offer some insight into what at least one of the Designers considers appropriate.

Ghouls, for example, seems to use the "it is common" modifier as the base entry is for DC 6 ...

DC 6 tells us that the creature is a ghoul, ghouls are undead, they retain some intelligence, they are ravenous, and there is a more powerful version called a ghast.

DC 11 tells us that ghouls can paralyze by touch, but elves are immune, and that this immunity does not include the touch of a ghast.

DC 16 tells us that the ghoul's bite carries a disease that rots flesh and dulls reflexes. Those who die from it become ghouls.

DC 22 is for ghasts only, and tells us they have stench that sickens those who get too close.

Randy Von gunten wrote:
My group is just starting part 5 runeforge and was curious what kind of bonus/penalties to expect based on sin points. How would these modifiers be determine.

The points are explained in the Appendix of the adventure in Anniversary edition.

The idea is that, from the beginning of the campaign onward, the actions of the characters could earn them "sin" or "virtue" points. Being greedy (hiding treasure from the others), being gluttonous (drinking more than others at the bars and taverns), and so on should be noted, each significant action earning 1 point.

Whichever sin/virtue pair the character has the most points in determines which bonuses and penalties apply.

There is also an entry in the Core Rulebook FAQ that addresses this.

As written, the goblins are concerned with the upper floor..

Rise of the Runelords:
Ripnugget holes up in the Throne Room and waits for the PCs, for example.

That being said...

A lot depends on how long your players take to deal with Nualia and Lyrie, and how much they continue to explore that level, how much patience you want to let Ripnugget have, and how the goblins interact with the non-goblin allies (Orik, Lyrie).

As written, it doesn't seem like the goblins get along too well with the non-goblins, so it doesn't seem like the goblins will go running to them for aid. The goblin warriors would likely be unwilling to interrupt Bruthazmus while he's with the chief's harem.

Bruthazmus or Orik could hear the sounds of the fight with Lyrie, but that is unlikely. There's a lot of distance and there are many barriers between that room and where Orik and Bruthazmus are.

If Lyrie did not sent Skivver to fetch help, then Orik would still be brooding in his room and Bruthazmus enjoying the attentions of the harem.

So, until Ripnugget actually sends some warriors to get Orik and Bruthazmus, not much is likely to change. He won't wait forever, and while he may be more canny than most goblins, he probably doesn't have too much more patience than the others.

Also, once he knows that the intruders have gone below, he will then likely send warriors to see if Orik, Lyrie, and Bruthazmis have dealt with them. Ripnugget is dedicated to the plan, after all, so he doesn't want to see it fail, and he does want to see Nualia protected. Goblins think in terms of outnumbering their opponents, after all, so he would want to make sure that the intruders are taken down.

Another factor is how much healing the PCs did for Shadowmist before moving on. If the horse is still in poor shape, Ripnugget may kill him, as was the original plan.

In the worst case, the PCs could end up being caught between Nualia, Lyrie, and Yeth Hound on one side, and Orik, Bruthazmus, Ripnugget, and the rest of the goblins on the other side. The other Yeth Hounds may join in as well.. in which case, it fight becomes a CR10 like that noted for the case where the PCs time things badly and arrive while everyone is gathered for a religious ceremony in the Shrine.

For the OP: Some third-party publishers have made "Monster Knowledge cards" type products to handle how to give out this information. However, since the rules are ambiguous, you're looking at what they think is the right information to give. But, it is a start.

I believe the masked hero with Merisiel is Blackjack, the Zorro-like vigilante-type character introduced in Curse of the Crimson Throne.

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Ed Reppert wrote:
Urath DM wrote:
Furthermore, it is my understanding that Heirloom Weapon grants proficiency with the *one* weapon inherited through the family, not all weapons of that type (so your ancestral longsword, not all longswords).
That may be correct by RAW, but it doesn't make any sense. A longsword is a longsword. I suppose form matters to some extent. Proficiency with a European style longsword would not grant you proficiency with a katana (if you consider the latter a longsword) or vice-versa, but it would give you proficiency with a jian, even if you're using it in a European rather than a Chinese style.

I never said it made real-world sense.. but in terms of game mechanics, to keep a trait as less valuable than a Feat, it does.

Gisher wrote:
Alexander Augunas wrote:
BardWannabe wrote:

I was a bit surprised to see no arcane discoveries for wizards, as that was something that was strongly encouraged above.

If I had to guess on something that will get the PFS ban, it is the trait that gives...
** spoiler omitted **

Martial Weapon Proficiency gives proficiency with ALL martial weapons.
No, the Martial Weapon Proficiency feat gets you proficiency with one martial weapon. To get proficiency with all martial weapons, you need the class ability that grants such.

Furthermore, it is my understanding that Heirloom Weapon grants proficiency with the *one* weapon inherited through the family, not all weapons of that type (so your ancestral longsword, not all longswords).

Go to the LoneWolf site HERE and go to the Forums... then the Pathfinder forum.

The Soulbolt is from Dreamscarred Press' psionics?

If so, it is not maintained by LoneWolf themselves.... it is a community-managed product. so you will need to use the bug report mechanism for community content.

Overall, the staff and community on the LoneWolf forums are very helpful, and can give you better answers for HeroLab content.

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Fallyrion Dunegrién wrote:
CotCT was my first AP and it is still one of my favorite. Loved to see a compiled version (and a better image for Laori, cause the ones on the books are horrible).

The upcoming release of Ultimate Intrigue, with the Vigilante class (tailor-made for a certain NPC in Curse of the Crimson Throne) might help.

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Kalindlara wrote:

It's probably completely unrelated... but James Jacobs is taking some time off from development of the new APs. Maybe he's making time for his older creations?


We also got a mini of Allevrah in the Rusty Dragon Inn Pathfinder Battles set.


I don't think it is at the scale you're seeking, but Wayfinder #7, the free fanzine, has the Hook Mountain area done up for the Kingdom Rules (as they were in the Kingmaker AP, readily usable with the Ultimate Campaign version).

One thing which I am considering doing is to adapt the Caravan rules from the Jade Regent Players' Guide for general use in any Varisian area.

These are rules for operating a Varisian Caravan, and managing it as it travels.

There are some issues with the Caravan Combat rules, so you may want to look at the Jade Regent forums for advice there.

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I would think you would not mix the Faction Guide with the Fame and Reputation rules too much. The Faction Guide is Golarion-specific, while the Fame and Reputation rules are world-neutral.

If they were to be used together, I'd probably treat the Fame and Reputation as an additional Faction the PC can earn Prestige with. In the Faction Guide, the intent is for the PC to be able to earn 3-5 Prestige each level. If the PC is a member of more than one Faction, it is not per-Faction that I know of, so the PC needs to divide his/her attention between them. I'd treat the Fame and Reputation the same way.

The other way to look at it is, the Factions are continent-spanning or world-spanning operations, while Fame and Reputation are local (thus the growing area over which your Reputation is known). If your game is more local than continent-spanning, the Fame and Reputation setup may make more sense than Faction membership. This is especially so, I think, if your focus is going to stay in small towns (since the Factions incur a 5 PP additional cost for using Prestige in smaller settlements).

My case will not be here until next week, but in the meantime, a dungeon dressing item that occurs to me is the Ebon Acolytus (from the Bestiaries of the Curse of the Crimson Throne AP) ... an animated altar that can serve as dressing or a creature.

Also, now that we have Allevrah the Elf General, I'd like to see her other form done as well. :)

I use it in my games.
I don't know off-hand of any published adventures that specifically use it, other than those you mentioned. It is optional, after all.

I've always liked political nuances to my games, so I like having groups for the PCs to join.

Note that Inner Sea Magic, Inner Sea Combat, and Occult Mysteries introduce organizations that use a scaled-down version of the Fame and Prestige systems from the Faction Guide. These are things like Guilds, Schools, and secret societies.

dragonhunterq wrote:

The "always takes attacks of opportunities" bit in the flank trick I always read as "will not avoid provoking attacks of opportunity when moving to flank".


I have read it that way in the past, myself.

The fact that it can be read in more than one way (we have 3 mentioned in this thread) supports my statement that it is ambiguous. :)

The animal can take passive advantage of beneficial circumstances without the tricks, such as benefiting from Flanking bonuses when they occur naturally (no other position for the animal to attack from except one that includes flanking, or a PC moves into flanking position with the animal, as examples).

For the animal companion to create those conditions, that's when the trick is required. The Flank trick teaches the animal to enter, and to try to remain in, a flanking position with the master or an ally. That's a more active role than simply benefiting from conditions others create.

As for AoOs, the wording in the Flank trick is unclear. "It always takes attacks of opportunity." can be read as "it does not ignore any provoked attack of opportunity" (remember, when an AoO is provoked, a creature can usually choose whether or not act on it -- perhaps waiting for a better case). So it may not mean "cannot take AoOs without this trick", but as it says, "will always take AoOs".

Finally, for maneuvers, some of them are part of the animal's attacks (dogs and wolves gain a free Trip attack on successful Bite attacks, for example). These would not require teaching the animal a trick to use.. but if you want the animal to use others (like Bull Rush, Dirty Trick, Drag, Reposition, Disarm, or Sunder), then it needs to be taught to do that.

The tricks limit what the PC can order the animal to do. The list is not exhaustive, and additional tricks can be created for additional behaviors.

Ultimate Campaign includes a sidebar on the topic of intelligent animals.. animal companions with their intelligence raised to be 3 or higher.. which opens the possibility for more independent action by them (with an example given).

There is 8-page section on companions, including animal companions as well as others, that discusses issues of control. In the end, they are NPCs under the GM's control, though they can be guided with the Animal Handling skill.

It is also worth noting that the Move Action requirement does not apply to animal companions unless you are "pushing" the animal... Druids, and any class whose Animal Companion is based on the Druid progression, gain the "Link" feature for their companions at 1st level, allowing them to control their companion as a free action or to push it as a move action.

This is not a new thing, really. Most of the tricks mentioned are defined in the Core Rulebook under the Handle Animal skill, along with the "General Purpose" training (essentially a bundle of Tricks to serve a specific purpose). What the Animal Archive did was to make clear that things like active Flanking are not considered part of normal behavior for the animals, and must be learned as tricks.

Some people disagree, and cite the pack tactics used by wolves as an example of natural use of flanking. For game purposes, though, the rule is you need the trick to do the behavior in the trick.

There was also a Blog post March 11, 2013, that reviewed this in the PFS context.

EDIT: Aaaand ninja'd serveral times over. I need to write shorter posts and do less lookup while writing them.

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Haunts can be damaged by positive energy, so a Channel Positive Energy or two can possibly deal sufficient damage to neutralize a haunt. This is temporary, and the haunt will return. When the haunt description talks about destroying a haunt, that's what needs to be done so the haunt will NOT return. Destroying the haunt is not necessary to get past it, usually.

Do you have access to the GameMastery Guide? The rules for Haunts can be found HERE on the PRD

In addition, Occult Adventures added some explanations/expansions to Haunts as optional rules HERE.

These may help to make your Haunts more manageable. They're not unstoppable, but it can be tough depending on who notices it.

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The cliffs on both sides are described as 80 feet high.

The cover art for the Inner Sea Primer is a view of Thistletop as the iconic characters Ezren and Merisiel fighting goblins near the rope bridge.

The only issues I see are:

1) the head is rotated too much.. the interior level 2 is "slightly" slanted, not rotated on its side as this image suggests


2) the fact that it is a head/face should be less clear. The features of the face are supposed to be more weathers, so you only get the impression that they are there when the lighting is "just so".

Even a filter option for "show only items updated after last download" would be useful.

A response in the thread [url=""Additional Swift Actions[/url] asserts that you can take a Swift Action before Readying another Swift Action.

This seems to violate the limit of one Swift Action per turn, but...

the wording of the "Initiative Consequences of ..." sections in both the Delay and Ready rules seem to contain artifacts of the earlier, more structured initiative uses with a specific end-of-round that was used for status effects and other bookkeeping adjustments.

PRD Quotes of Delay and Ready:

Pathfinder Reference Document wrote:

By choosing to delay, you take no action and then act normally on whatever initiative count you decide to act. When you delay, you voluntarily reduce your own initiative result for the rest of the combat. When your new, lower initiative count comes up later in the same round, you can act normally. You can specify this new initiative result or just wait until some time later in the round and act then, thus fixing your new initiative count at that point.

You never get back the time you spend waiting to see what's going to happen. You also can't interrupt anyone else's action (as you can with a readied action).

Initiative Consequences of Delaying: Your initiative result becomes the count on which you took the delayed action. If you come to your next action and have not yet performed an action, you don't get to take a delayed action (though you can delay again).

If you take a delayed action in the next round, before your regular turn comes up, your initiative count rises to that new point in the order of battle, and you do not get your regular action that round.

The ready action lets you prepare to take an action later, after your turn is over but before your next one has begun. Readying is a standard action. It does not provoke an attack of opportunity (though the action that you ready might do so).

Readying an Action: You can ready a standard action, a move action, a swift action, or a free action. To do so, specify the action you will take and the conditions under which you will take it. Then, anytime before your next action, you may take the readied action in response to that condition. The action occurs just before the action that triggers it. If the triggered action is part of another character's activities, you interrupt the other character. Assuming he is still capable of doing so, he continues his actions once you complete your readied action. Your initiative result changes. For the rest of the encounter, your initiative result is the count on which you took the readied action, and you act immediately ahead of the character whose action triggered your readied action.

You can take a 5-foot step as part of your readied action, but only if you don't otherwise move any distance during the round.

Initiative Consequences of Readying: Your initiative result becomes the count on which you took the readied action. If you come to your next action and have not yet performed your readied action, you don't get to take the readied action (though you can ready the same action again). If you take your readied action in the next round, before your regular turn comes up, your initiative count rises to that new point in the order of battle, and you do not get your regular action that round.

Distracting Spellcasters: You can ready an attack against a spellcaster with the trigger "if she starts casting a spell." If you damage the spellcaster, she may lose the spell she was trying to cast (as determined by her concentration check result).

Readying to Counterspell: You may ready a counterspell against a spellcaster (often with the trigger "if she starts casting a spell"). In this case, when the spellcaster starts a spell, you get a chance to identify it with a Spellcraft check (DC 15 + spell level). If you do, and if you can cast that same spell (and are able to cast it and have it prepared, if you prepare spells), you can cast the spell as a counterspell and automatically ruin the other spellcaster's spell. Counterspelling works even if one spell is divine and the other arcane.

A spellcaster can use dispel magic to counterspell another spellcaster, but it doesn't always work.

Readying a Weapon against a Charge: You can ready weapons with the brace feature, setting them to receive charges. A readied weapon of this type deals double damage if you score a hit with it against a charging character.

In both cases, the text addresses delaying or not having your readied action triggered until your next turn comes around in the initiative. But they also include text referring to taking your actions in the "next round"... which cannot happen with cyclical initiative... the round for each character is until your initiative comes up again.

I believe this is the basis of the assertion that you can take a Swift action, then ready another Swift action.. because it implies "your turn" has ended and you can get in two Swift actions this way.

Should this wording be clarified?

The Cavalier's mount is an Animal Companion. It does not use the Horse entry from the Bestiary at all. It uses the "Horse" entry on p.54 of the Core Rulebook for its basics, and the table linked by CampinCarl9127 (p. 52) for advancement. The Cavalier's level is treated as the Druid level on that table to determine the stats.

Gisher wrote:
Corset of Delicate Moves

Interesting.. and, notably, it costs you a move action to gain a swift action, with a limit of once per day.

It is actually a good question to FAQ in order to get the wording cleared up in an errata for the APG.

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Samy wrote:
Why was the battlefield chosen for the poster map? Instead of something more general like a world map, an AP retrospective, a photo of Paizo HQ or whatever. For such a big event celebration, it seems like a bit of a letdown to have the poster map be of just some random combat map.

The back of the poster map *is* an AP retrospective.

One thing to consider is which characters, if any, are native to Sandpoint.

The original adventure had all PCs as newcomers there to visit the Swallowtail Festival. The Anniversary Edition adds some new campaign traits that make the PCs natives of Sandpoint.

What that means is that the PCs probably *saw* the events of the Late Unpleasantness going down.. they were present (possibly old enough, or almost old enough, to be involved, in some cases) for Chopper's Rampage, and for fire that destroyed the Sandpoint Chapel... and for the deaths of Nualia and Father Tobyn.

They probably felt keenly the loss of the angelic presence in the town (Nualia), who people had looked to as a sign and source of divine favor/aid. (Bastards of Golarion, "The Celebrity" background, seems to fit Nualia -- and I believe that's even her in the artwork).

So having some characters native to Sandpoint may make some of the encounters jarring (they'd know Shayliss Vinder, and Ven Vinder, for example...).

Jason Nelson wrote:

Hello there!

I also got distracted with some suggestions people had made for a follow-up to Ultimate Rulership, focusing on either strongholds and castle building or on nobility and noble characters (or perhaps both), so there's been some idea-work there as well.

I would very much like to see noble families as organizations or small-scale kingdoms (or both, depending on the scale of the campaign).

This has come up before.

One argument is that you cannot raise an animal's Int over 2... because it stops being an Animal then and is no longer suitable as an Animal Companion.

On the other hand, some argue that it is a class feature, and the player should be able to do that.

For Organized Play, the PFS FAQ has an answer: yes, you can raise the animal's Int over 2, but all you get is 3 more tricks. It does not become able to speak, cast spells, plan, or any other effect of being sentient.

There are also a couple of older blog posts around here somewhere that address the issue in more detail.

Vic Wertz wrote:

We will be adding digital subs later (unfortunately, probably not until we're at least a couple volumes into MM.)

Has there been any update on the digital-only subs?

Regardless of the tool you chose to use, The Fantasy Art Kit provides a good base of professional "tiles" to work with. A number of the Virtual Table-Top products (such as Roll20 also include a marketplace in which to purchase other, similar content.

kevin_video wrote:
Urath DM wrote:
Regarding Plot & Poison... this book was for 3.0, but there is an updated version for 3.5 under the title "Advanced Races: Drow" available from Green Ronin (PDF only as far as I know).
Did you mean "Advanced Race Codex: Drow"?

Yeah, that's what I get for going from memory.

Bits and pieces have been used in Paizo's products.. the Dominant and Submissive PrCs show up in Rise of the Runelords (used with modifications, but not re-printed) while one (maybe two?) of the weapons showed up in Second Darkness.

Schadenfreude wrote:
Urath DM wrote:
A long time ago in Dungeon magazine, there were icons used for the sections.

I had thought of that (but sadly, thought it was an original idea - there's nothing new under the sun).

The problem with icons is that they're potentially too brief to be helpful.

e.g. If you've got a sun for fully lit, a half sun for dim light and a black sun for darkness, what do you do to indicate that half the room is lit and half is in dim light?

For that reason, I prefer short descriptive text as a quick reference rather than an icon.

Of course, 90% of the time, they'll be fine.

That wasn't quite what I was getting at.

The summary line of icons has only those icons needed to indicate that there is related text following that needs attention. If there is no "monster" icon, then there should be no "Creatures" section, for example. It is purely there to give the GM a quick "these are the things you should know", and putting the same icon in the margin or at the start of each section may help more visually-cued readers to find them (or, in PDFs, even be bookmarked to them.. though that would be adding a lot to the layout tasks).

I would not expect different icons for varying degrees of light (though that would be nice), as I think to be effective as "heads-up" types of things, only a small number of icons should be used.

Chaderick the Penguin wrote:

But, do they usually release them after their own published pre-order date? I was willing to wait the extra two weeks or so until October 1 came around, but now even Amazon's date has passed, and Amazon is saying they don't have it...

(Unless that's exactly what you were saying, in which case...ugh. I made a mistake ordering that book the way I did...)

As I understand the situation, Amazon gets their gaming materials from the gaming distributors.. not just dice and other accessories, but also the books. When they do not have a solid date, they make their best guess. That sometimes results in odd situations.

I have also noticed in my own interactions with Amazon that they have issues with "niche" products. Things like books that belong to a series not being marked consistently as such, for example. This is more prominent with comics, manga, and gaming materials.

In short, while Amazon may offer a lower price and (if you have Prime) potentially cheap or even free delivery, the trade-off is sometimes erratic results for lower-volume less-mainstream materials.

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