|Paizo Pathfinder® Paizo Games|
|About Paizo Messageboards News Paizo Blog Help/FAQ|
Ugh! I so wish there was a store near me hosting the card guild. I might have to make a few special trips up into Pennsylvania or down into Maryland to get the full experience. Definitely need to see about getting and more play by post going.
Hawkmoon, I would be happy to schedule some game days in my neck of Maryland if you're going to plan to be there! Perhaps we could try to plan a couple of full days of gaming on a weekend? I could find us space in Baltimore pretty easily... it's the least I can do for such a helpful member of the community!!
Why is the Iconic Kenesist a young human? Last I checked that wouldn't be PFS legal.
The iconic characters aren't really created with PFS in mind. I'm assuming whoever ordered the art for the kineticist imagined her as a young human and wrote the character's backstory with that in mind. Can one of us create a young character for PFS? No, but you can play this one.
To expand Pirate Rob's description just a bit, the current version of the Vigilante has four different "specializations" which roughly equate to the four standard adventuring party members... there's a Fighter-style specialization that gets full Base Attack Bonus, a Cleric or Inquisitor-style specialization that gets Divine spellcasting, a stealthy Rogue-style specialization that gets a specialized version of sneak attack damage, and an arcane specialization that gets to cast spells and toss out "mystic bolts" of energy damage at his enemies.
Alright, so I've now played one full session over roll20 with a lvl 4 Warlock, and i'm in a PFS play-by-post with a 1st-level Warlock as well. Here are my thoughts:
At 1st level, i'm feeling like just a weak Sorcerer. The social persona doesn't give much of anything at such a low level either. A few 1st-level spells just doesn't give you much to work with, and the 150gp PFS staring gold doesn't go far for scrolls and such, so I'm mostly tossing an acid splash every round.
At 4th level I was feeling much more useful, and I really enjoyed the mystic bolts (even with nerfed damage). I was using them with Two-weapon Fighting, though there are suggestions that I could have also used Rapid Shot to get a third bolt in a full attack... is that true?
Now, flavor-wise, I LOVE this class. The PFS game I'm playing has several VERY colorful characters, including a Tengu DARKWING DUCK. Not kidding. The first few posts of that scenario made me love the Vigilante no matter what the rules content of it end up being.
The 1-minute change time makes a lot more sense than 5 minutes, so good job there. I think the biggest thing I would suggest is to give the Warlock something else to use at 1st level... not sure what it would be at the moment though.
I'm interested, James, but I do want to point out that, from the reviews, this might not be the best scenario for a brand-new PFS GM to run. Make sure to read through it like 50 times before you totally commit to this, as you don't want your first PbP to be one that falls apart.
All that being said, I would probably play my Occultist character, Ella Fiddlepocket
Loving the changes. Now I wish I had started my PbP playtest with a Zealot instead of a Warlock! The Zealot now holds much more promise in my opinion than it did before.
I also enjoy that the Stalker now deals MORE damage with hidden strike when the foe is unaware, but LESS damage than a rogue when simply flanking. Gives you a reason to truly consider whether you'd prefer to be a rogue or a Stalker vigilante. :)
Ooh, and I like cunning feint! Not sure if that was in the first version of the playtest, but I just noticed it. Very cool!
Oh man, and so is "Leave an Opening!" What a great way to get extra attacks when surrounded by enemies!
@Quandary: While I certainly agree that some of these things could be useful for NPCs, I really wrote the guide from the perspective of a player trying to optimize their PC, so I don't think it'd be a good use of my time to go back and add NPC percpectives to each one. I might add a quick blurb toward the top about this though.
I humbly submit Eldamar the Vanaran street performer and his trained wallaby, Jooni:
Eldamar was born in the jungles of the Mwangi expanse, but early in his life found the life of vanaran tribes to be boring. He set out on his own as barely a teenager, traveling between large cities, pickpocketing for a living and learning the ways of the city. He settled himself in the wooded areas near Kaer Maga in Varisia about five years ago, and one day came upon a small creature with intelligent eyes who was caught in a bear trap. He felt for the creature, and released it, then nursing it back to health. He and and wallaby became fast friends, and Eldamar named it Jooni. Jooni's unnatural intelligence has helped Eldamar immensely in his panhandling within Kaer Maga, and now the pair are becoming almost famous in some circles of Kaer Maga thanks to their street shows involving complicated acrobatic moves.
Male vanara unchained rogue (Carnivalist) 1
CN Medium humanoid (vanara)
Init +5; Senses low-light vision, Perception +7
Female wallaby familiar
CN Small animal
Init +2; Senses low-light vision, scent, Perception +3
1. Are you from Kaer Maga or a visitor there?
The confusion probably stems from the fact that I already edited the page yesterday or the day before to move that sentence from the italicized portion to the main text (because in my opinion, it belongs there). So Cuuniyevo, can you look at the page again now and see if it makes more sense to you now?
Unfortunately this is one of the things that cant' really be done, as the specific deities' names can't be listed there since those names are not covered as part of the Compatibility License. For religion traits, I would absolutely suggest checking Archives of Nethys for deity requirements before you take one of them.
Just to give a LITTLE bit more clarity here:Archives of Nethys operates under the Pathfinder Community Use Policy, which d20PFSRD.com used to as well. When the proprietor of d20PFSRD decided to start selling and publishing books using the site, Paizo sent him a (very nice but stern) email saying that he would now have to conform to the Paizo Compatibility License, which allows one to use all the RULES content of Pathfinder but none of the setting-specific material. So, rather than revert back to how things were before, John decided to run with it, and we edited out all the Golarion-specific content.
I then created pathfindercommunity.net as a community use supplement to the d20PFSRD, where I could put the golarion-specific stuff and link out to the main site. However, I got very little traffic (the only things on that site that really get traffic are my guides) so that site fell by the wayside and hasn't been updated in quite a while.
So, for Golarion-specific stuff like the Aldori Dueling Sword, Archives of Nethys is still the place to go, and probably always will be.
But see I think that this issue is with the way it's written in the book, not with the way it's been translated over to d20PFSRD.com. I would argue that a kitsune monk CAN take one of these in place of a monk bonus feat, because the line in the book says "any time she would gain a feat." A monk bonus feat is a feat you're gaining. There's no indication in the book that that line is NOT rules text.
So I guess I don't understand why the site is being blamed for the ambiguity of text found in the book.
But alright, let's say that we've screwed up this time and that sentence is NOT rules text at all. Fair. We can change that (though I personally don't believe we should) or make a FAQ box on the side that talks about the controversy. And that's the beauty, I think, of the site... you can see when there's a controversy and both sides of the argument are generally shown there.
Anyway, I am not in any way trying to suggest that the d20PFSRD is the end-all be-all for Paizo rules, but I do take offense when someone badmouths the site, because I know there are many people who spend a lot of their free time to get all that info up on that site and make it freely available (and I used to be one of them, though I unfortunately haven't had time to devote to the site in a while).
James Risner wrote:
I personally don't understand how it could be misinterpreted to mean anything other than "a kitsune can take this feat", which is what it's supposed to mean. And if the text instead said "Here is a feat that a kitsune can pick" would you like that better? And who's to say that it's not a rules line? It's a line in the book that tells you that the feats are meant for kitsune... that seems like a rule to me.
This post really bugs me... most of the people who work on the site ARE volunteers. I worked on the site for several years and never got paid for it. Just because d20PFSRD is now also a publishing company doesn't make it any less of a community effort. And the OP was not in any way "pissing" on the Archives of Nethys. I freely admit that I often use the Archives of Nethys when I want to look up information on gods of Golarion or other Golarion-specific information that just can't be included on d20pfsrd.com.
James Risner wrote:
Okay so, looking at this example, the ONLY thing that was done differently here than what was in the actual book is the placement of a single line from the book:
D20PFSRD text wrote:
Dragon Empires Primer Sidebar wrote:
Now, the ONLY change that has been made was taking a line that applied to each of the three listed feats, and applying it to a single feat because of the format of the site. It does not in any way change the way the feat functions. In fact, I wouldn't call that "editorial" at all. It's a formatting issue only, and was probably the simplest way the person adding the feat to the database could think of to include that information. The alternative was to leave that line out, which would THEN have been "editorializing" in my opinion.
So, can you provide us with a few more examples of where the info that has been posted on d20pfsrd.com is added information that detracts from the clarity or understanding of the material for the user? Because I really don't think that example qualifies.
Nanite bloodline is up!
@UnArcaneElection: I would definitely like to do the bloodrager if I can find the time. It'll be a little while though.
@explodingtyphlosions: I would definitely go Stormborn over any of the standard elemental type bloodlines, and definitely consider the Arial version of Stormborn so that you can cast a storm-themed spell that causes precipitation and get a good deal more damage.