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One of my groups used a rule where you rolled 3d6 instead of taking 10. It meant that you didn't jump straight from '50% chance of failure' to 'never fail', and that you didn't lose the fun of rolling dice just because you wanted a better chance to succeed. Also, it meant that even if you did fail a roll, you would almost never fail by 5 or more, which matters a lot for things like climbing and balancing.
Karui Kage wrote:
Not sure if it's been mentioned, but I wrote one for the Archives of Nethys a while back: Random Treasure Generator
Thanks! I'd run across it before, and thought it was great, but then forgot where it was and couldn't find it again.
Eric Bourland wrote:
Hi, I've implemented a pathfinder treasure generator (pfuegen) that uses the Ultimate Equipment generation rules. You can find it here! Check it out and let me know what you think!
Also very nice. Now I have to figure out which one I'll end up using, but that's a good problem to have.
It's not just police uniforms some of the Russian government is worried about.
Supposedly, in July it will become illegal to sell lace underwear. Russia has also recently passed laws prohibiting profanity in the arts, including mainstream movies, which will also supposedly take effect in July. Of course, the impression I have is that lots of ridiculous laws get passed, and then everyone treats them about the same way they treat traffic speed laws - breaks them and tries to avoid getting caught.
Clearly, this isn't for those who like the 'take 10' rule the way it is. However, some people don't like that rule, many of them for one of two reasons:
Some don't like the way things basically flip from '50% failure chance', which might not seem like especially competent, to 'almost guaranteed success', with the gain of a single point of skill bonus. Others are just disappointed because, while they'd like to succeed more regularly than rolling a d20 on something they're good at, they really like rolling dice and don't get to roll them when taking 10 (I haven't seen this on the boards, but I've heard it from at least three players in various games).
A fix I've used, fairly successfully, has been to say that, in circumstances where you could normally take 10, you instead roll 3d6.
Where you'd just barely succeed at taking 10, or have a 55% chance of succeeding if you roll a d20, you have about a 61% chance of success with "take 3d6". Another point of bonus raises that to 74%, a third more brings it to 84%, a fourth to 91%, and a fifth to 95%.
Anyone else used something like this? In any case, hope it's fun for somebody.
I kinda like it. I might go more along the lines of 2000/3000/4000 for the prices, though. I'd hesitate to make adamantine weapons too much cheaper, since much of the reason people seem to get them is for the "I tunnel through everything in my way" usage. For similar reasons, I might change it to having light weapons bypass hardness 5 or lower, and one-handed bypass hardness 10 or lower. Still, not a bad house-rule, as-is.
It was extremely situational, but a character of mine had just bought a bunch of 1st level scrolls for use in unusual situations. We were exploring a well-organized dungeon, and had killed most of a group of guards. One fast-moving guard withdrew adjacent to a door, clearly planning to open it, continue fleeing, and probably summon reinforcements.
However, hold portal is a medium-range spell, so he wasn't able to open the door, and we didn't have to fight a bunch more guards before we had a chance to heal.
The realism for the exploration charts is already pretty much nonexistent. Exploring 93 square miles thoroughly enough to find non-obvious details like a singular radish patch, or a temple hidden in a forest should honestly take much longer than a couple days. For comparison:
GTA III land area: 3 square miles
Bear in mind, the usual 'jogging' speed in those games is around 15 miles an hour, which is faster than professional marathoners. Even on horses, a party in pathfinder is only exploring at 5 miles an hour, and many parties are going to be on foot with someone weighed down by encumbrence or heavy armor, dropping the speed to 2 mph.
So, imagine how long it would take to see every corner of the orginial WoW, then multiply that by 3, or by 7.5. At MMORPG running speed that would probably take a few days (at 8 hours a day), which would mean well over a week, probably closer to a month, at Pathfinder speed. That's to cover less than one original hex in Kingmaker.
Hexcrawling is fun, but the time scales involved are already so massively fudged that another 35% doesn't really make things that much worse.
A flame drake is only CR 5, and size large. It would probably work well, and you'd still have room in a high-CR encounter to include a few minion-y types to prevent the problem that happens when you have one big boss, he gets one or two actions, but the rest of the party has four times that many actions due to outnumbering him, and wipes him out with no problem. Maybe a couple small fire elementals. If you threw in fire mephits, they might end up being more annoying and/or harder to kill than the fire drake.
If you're stuck on a one-big-boss encounter, throw the 'giant'-sized template on the drake, or put the 'half-dragon'(red) template on any one of the following monsters:
Cloaker, Megaraptor, Hieracosphinx, Manticore, Emperor Cobra
What the others said, mostly. However, a half-orc barbarian with even 1 point in acrobatics is likely to have a jump check of, say...
+4 from 18 strength
...for a bonus of +14 or better. A vertical jump of 5 feet with a running start is only DC 20. Therefore a roll of 6 or more gets you within attack distance of Mr. (or Ms.) Strix, and even better, within grapple range - and due to that polearm that can't hit adjacent enemies, you aren't going to be eating an attack of opportunity when you try it!
I'm acquainted with a guy who ran a horror one-shot at a convention. He did something quite clever, but if any of your prospective players read it, it would ruin the effect, so I'll...
put it here.:
He got an accomplice to join the game along with the players. In the first half-hour of the game, he killed the accomplice's character, and then 'made' the accomplice (who was in on the plan) leave the game and go home. Utterly shocked the rest of the players, and made them way more nervous about the rest of the adventure, thinking that at any moment they might die and have to leave. Of course, it was all for effect, he didn't plan on anyone else dying, and apparently everyone else had a spooky but fun time.
In a recent campaign, all of the characters had been petrified at various times and places in the past. Their 'statues', among others, had been collected by a wizard who liked collecting petrified things. Then there was a magical mishap, and they were all un-petrified at the same time.
I really liked the background feats from 'Curse of the Crimson Throne', where all of the PCs have a grudge against a local crime boss and team up to take him out.
Of course, talking with your players is always good, and finding out if they have some way they'd like to know one another, if they want you to take the lead, or what. The FATE rpg has as a part of character generation a section where you write a brief, vague story from your past, and then two more sections where two other players include themselves in that story in some way, so everybody all has some reason for knowing everyone else.
We ran an all-dwarven (okay, and one gnome) group through Red Hand of Doom. It was great fun, and made sense. Almost everyone was from the dwarven holds in the south of the valley that the hobgoblin horde wanted to conquer, and dwarves geneally don't like goblinoids much anyay, so it all flowed pretty smoothly. Plus, it's a fun mega-adventure.
As of a week ago, I was under the impression that UDAR had been given control of Security, although I'm aware that a lot can happen in a week (and it does look like a member of svoboda is prosecutor general and in charge of defense). Do you have any information more current than that?
Quandary has some good information, but it's also worth pointing out that the 'acting president of Ukraine' Oleksandr Turchynov, isn't associated with the Svoboda party that had the massive info dump about it above. He's in the center-right 'Fatherland' party, which is conservative but pro-european.
Diego Rossi wrote:
That hemp density seems awfully low for a rope. Around 1% the weight of iron? That would mean a 25' long 1" diameter hemp rope would weigh less than a pound. (rather than the 5 pounds the equipment list would suggest). (My calculations basically agree with Vod's for the iron bar, btw). This page has a 24mm (~1") hemp rope weighing in at 92 kg per 220 meters. That means 202 pounds for 721 feet, or 7 pounds for 25 feet, which seems more reasonable, although half again as heavy as the Core Rulebook hemp rope.
Of course, that's an interesting page, since it lists the breaking strengths of the ropes. A thinner rope, where 50' of it weighs 10 pounds instead of 14 pounds, has a listed tensile strength of of 6000 pounds, which is useful information to start with for those curious about what our adventurers have been carrying around with them. (Although trying most knots pretty much halves the strength of a rope, and working load is usually roughly a tenth of new rope tensile strength.)
Maybe use a re-skinned, slightly tweaked ooze mephit? Change the swim speed to burrow 15' (through non-rock only) and remove the fly skill (whhich should have been changed to swim anyway). The acid arrow, acid breath, and stinking cloud abilities all get flavored as various forms of spray. Keep the required caster level the same. Just say it looks like a big, magic-infused skunk instead a a weird little humanoid.
The Terrible Zodin wrote:
Side question - what other races have beards. I'm not sure, but I don't think I have ever seen an illustration of halflings, gnomes, or orcs with beards. Although catfolk do have whiskers.
Around the summer of 2011, my wife and I really wanted to play through a classic dungeon adventure. We'd played plenty of D&D 3.5 (mostly home-brewed adventures), two Star Wars campaigns set about halfway between the KOTOR games and the prequel movies (using the BESM system), some Shadowrun, some Deadlands, and it was time for some hack and slashing.
However, since we didn't have to script the games any more, it seemed like we would have a lot more prep time available, and we went a little crazy and decided to handpaint the battle mats for the entire adventure, starting with the moathouse, and continuing on fast enough to keep up with the pace of the adventure.
We used most of the monsters as-is with their pathfinder stats, rebuilding some with templates or whatever to scale them for the party's level, and built the NPCs as close as we could to the ones in the book and still be decently challenging. When we finished, the party was five 8th level characters, one PC death, and with two players having dropped out and two new ones dropped in to fill the gap. Most of the PCs had the wealth of 13th level characters, and there were almost a dozen NPCs, mostly staying at our camp to guard the huge pile of loot.
We're hoping to sell them, partly because we spent a lot of money on paint, brushes, and masking tape while making them, but partly because we think using them was great fun and wanted to spread it around. It was what we'd wanted to be able to do when we were teenagers but didn't have the ability to manage. If anyone knows somewhere besides here that would be good to publicize them, let me know.
The feat specifically allows you to use flame blade, a weapon-like, scimitar-shaped melee spell effect. If making attack rolls with that doesn't cause you to lose the benefits of the feat, it seems to suggest that what the oath is about is not holding and using a physically distinct, non-longsword weapon. If swinging your fist at someone while it holds a "magical blazing beam of red-hot fire" doesn't break the oath, then swinging that fist without the blazing beam should be no worse. Unarmed combat should be fine, combat maneuvers performed without using a weapon should be fine. Clubbing or trying to disarm someone someone with a candelabra wouldn't be fine, because you *picked it up and swung it*, like it was a physical weapon. Bull rush should be fine, I've always pictured it as a football-esque shoulder charge, just make sure to use the shoulder of your weapon arm and not your shield.
The raise dead spell has this wording included in the spell:
Normal poison and normal disease are cured in the process of raising the subject, but magical diseases and curses are not undone.
If being dead for several days doesn't end a magical curse, it seems unlikely that less than a round of death would end it.
My group is just finishing up with Village of Hommlet/Temple of Elemental Evil. Pretty much just swapped in pathfinder stats for the monsters. We used the slow advancement track, and are just hitting 8th level as we explore the elemental nodes. So that has worked fine, and we're planning on jumping right in to the Against the Giants adventures. Even on slow advancement, there might not be room between levels 1 and 20 for all of the modules the OP has mentioned.
The one issue we've had is that even cutting down the awarded treasure somewhat, all five players have about the wealth of an average-to-rich 13th level character, which is more than a little ridiculous. I'd recommend just reallocating treasure on the pathfinder guidelines. the only exception to the gear-overpowered cakewalk it turned into is that the main spellcaster, gargoyle, ogre and ettin fight on the 4th level of the temple, as written, is around a CR 16. We managed to use a Wall of Force scroll we'd found to cut into a pair of back-to-back CR 13s, which worked. Good times.
Pathfinder Module S1: Clash of the Kingslayers takes place in a couple different dwarven holds. One is occupied by dwarves, and one is mostly abandoned by them. Of course, the occupied one may not be by the end....
Probably much of the reason you see all the abandoned strongholds is that when you're going adventuring in a stronghold, you're going there to fight the occupants. Since
you're not going to see that scenario all that often. You don't see too many adventures in an occupied elven/gnomish/halfling stronghold either. It's pretty much only the humans out of the 'good' races you see being enough of a threat to those around them to warrant a visit by good-hearted murder-hobos (aka adventurers).
Crimson Jester wrote:
Kaer Maga. Maybe not so many catfolk, but definitely a racially diverse hive of scum etc....
I've only seen the rules in the srd, but it does say hallways are included for free.
Constructing Buildings from Rooms wrote:
If you are constructing a building, you can connect these rooms in any way you see fit using normal doors and hallways, or fit them together without interior partitions into a large common space. Unless otherwise stated, each room includes a floor, ceiling, walls, furniture, doors, windows, and other details that are appropriate to the room's purpose in your building.
4 rounds give or take, occasionally shorter if it's a few weak creatures. The biggest notable exception was my most recent two games, at the bottom of the temple of elemental evil. 8th level party, with enough gear for 13th level characters. Versus: 3 or 4 hill giants, 3 ettins, 8 gargoyles, 14 bugbears, around a dozen ogres, a CR 8 mystic theurge, a CR 8 wizard, a CR 8 cleric, and a CR 7 caster of some sort.
Thanks to a scroll of Wall of Force, that was two combats of CR 13 or so. (otherwise, more like CR 16 with a retreat after a few rounds) That took two full 4 hour sessions of a little over 10 rounds each. Once in a great while that sort of thing is fine, but I'm glad it doesn't happen on a regular basis.
Second question: A tiefing changes into a aasimar. Does it keep it's resistances then?
That's pretty much what the whole argument has been about. No consensus has been reached. However, as far as I know, there is no spell allowing you to assume the form of an outsider, so turning into an aasimar is more or less impossible RAW.
[Third] question: And why wouldn't he get the aasimars resistances if it's all based on form if he can't keep his own?
If, for the sake of this question, we assume that you are able to change into an aasimar with Alter Self, then he doesn't get the aasimar's resistances because polymorph-type spells only give specific attributes of the creature being turned into. Alter Self doesn't list energy resistance as one of the granted abilities, so you don't gain it.
There's an achievement feat called 'armor of scars'. To take it, you have to have taken 1000 cumulative points of damage. Every 5 points of magical healing you receive subtracts 1 point from that total. Basing a judgement on that would suggest that magical healing reduces scarring but doesn't eliminate it.
So let's say my Enlarged Fighter innitiates a grapple with an enemy that is at my extended reach of 10ft AND is currently being threatened by other party members. WHEN (not if lol) my grapple succeeds and I place the creature in a space adjacent to me, does that count as that creature leaving a threatened square provoking AoO's from any other party members that threatened the square the enemy left? If so at what (if any) penalties?
It's not specifically stated one way or the other, but I'd say it doesn't provoke, since forced movement from other combat maneuvers (bull rush, drag, reposition) doesn't.
Using the casting stat mod for attack instead of str/dex seems like enough of a change from flame blade to warrant bumping the spell from 2nd to third level. I'd either let it stay at 1 min/lvl and drop the 1/2 damage on trip, or keep the trip damage, but reduce the duration to 1 round/lvl. As a spell and a touch attack, it should be able to damage creatures regardless of armor.