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Knowledge (Local) is definitely kind of a weird skill. I think that the Lore skill does a better job of representing what a character would know about a place like his or her hometown. As a DM I'd probably even allow somebody to identify creatures common in that town and know some basic stuff about them. Obviously that would require some judgement calls, but I think that's how Lore goes.
I think it's just a simple misnomer. Maybe it should have been knowledge (urban) or knowledge (civilization).
For those that don't know, Discworld is a brilliant series of fantasy novels by the late great Terry Pratchett. If you like your fantasy more like The Pricess Bride, these are the books for you. I suggest finding them at the library or Amazon.
I am trying to do versions of Discworld characters and concepts with as few house rules as possible.
WOTC/Hasbro has developed the same adversarial relationship with their customers as TSR had before them.
Character generators like his attract the customer base to buy books, not discourage them from it. This is just bullying in legalese, but it also creates bad marketing karma. If you treat your customers like crap they will go away, so I think the market will take care of WOTC and the Dungeons & Dragons branded products in time.
But they should have no right to Pathfinder materials. It seems to me like WOTC is asserting its ownership over Pathfinder too. I don't think Paizo should stand for this.
Things to tweak for the Fighter:
* Bravery is now a bonus against all mind-affecting magic
Fighters are OK as they are but if I were to change anything those would be it.
This is from 1st ed D&D:
Characters were about 40th level in a campaign that had lasted 4+ years. We were chasing down the main bad guy in a marathon all-night session. We tracked him across planes and finally corned him in the demiplane of oil.
Everything there was covered in oil and it rained oil from the sky. Lamp-type oil. The DM was very clear about that several times.
We had a tactic where the warrior types would get the opponents into melee and my wizard would cast fireballs on top of them. They had Rings of Fire Resistance so they would only take minimal damage. But here on the demiplane of oil, everything is flammable. We forgot about this and when I announced casting a fireball, the DM was surprised and reminded us about the oil raining from the sky. Sleep-deprived, we still didn't see a problem and insisted on doing it. The DM threw up his hands and said roll damage. So we did and then the DM multiplied the yield and area several times over. We destroyed everything. The whole plane. The bad guys and us all perished.
We decided to call it a win. End of the campaign.
You come upon what looks like a group of large flying insects that seems to be laughing. Upon closer inspection (Perception DC 10), you see that the insects are tiny flying humanoids. These creatures are sprites and are a type of fey that are generally not hostile [Knowledge (Nature) DC 10].
If the party stops to speak to them, they will behave friendly towards them and give directions or answer questions about the area. They will run and hide if the party is rude or attacks them.
I propose the following changes to the skald:
I think that will be an awesome class to play.
Sean K Reynolds wrote:
What about losing the spellcasting?
In Norse legends, a skald can levy a litany of insults and condemnations on an opponent so severe that it could cause bleeding from the ears and loss of honor if the recipient does not attack immediately. Other cultures have similar legends about their bard-type members.
With that in mind, I would like to also to suggest the following abilities:
Saga of Insults (Su)Starting at first level, a skald can select one opponent to loudly proclaim a string of insults upon so severe, it causes damage. The damage is 1d4 + CHA modifier of the skald (minimum 1 damage). This ability increases by 1 die for every two levels (2d4 at level 3, 3d4 at level 5, etc). This is a mind-affecting and language-dependent effect. A skald can use this attack a number of times each day equal to his class level + his Charisma modifier. Those targeted by the insults can attempt a Will save for half damage. The DC of this save is equal to 10 + 1/2 the skald’s level + the skald’s Charisma modifier. This ability can be used at any range. The only restriction is that the target see, hear, and understand the skald.
Proclaim Nithe (Su)This is a word so insulting, that to call an opponent this is to invite an instant attack. In Norse cultures, this was called nithe or nīþ. Starting at 4th level, a skald can use the word against a single opponent. The opponent must attempt a Will save or be affected as if by a Rage spell of a caster level equal to the skald's class level. The DC of this save is equal to 10 + 1/2 the skald’s level + the skald’s Charisma modifier. A skald can use this attack against a number of foes per day equal to one for every 4 levels he has. He can target any number up to his maximum at once, but all must be able to see, hear, and understand him. Even if the target makes the save, if it chooses to ignore it, it still loses honor or reputation points equal to the skald's level, but this has no effect if the target does not use honor or reputation.
I agree, Level 1 Commoner, with more weapon selection.
So far, we have on the table:
Moved this from a thread that was closed. Apparently, they want all discussions to happen within the same thread.
Anybody else feel that skalds should lose all spellcasting in favor of something else?
Maybe they can get more bardic abilities. I think spellcasting is just all wrong for Viking skalds.
I understand that skalds in some Viking sagas had some type of magic, but it was not like the typical bard spell list. Sorcery and witchcraft, or sejdr, were considered evil and cowardly.
The magic they had were more like supernatural abilities contained within songs.
Trickery, illusion, and charm spells do not fit the flavor.
You can keep the kennings idea, but make it part of their bardic performance.
Like the Assassin prestige class, this class is just better without spells.
Changing Man wrote:
I also would like kid-friendly adventures like was mentioned above. Something like The Labrinth, Shrek, or the Neverending Story.
This whole thread is a guide on how to start Paizo message board arguments!
Some archetypes that seem to have been overlooked:
I would also like some witch hexes that are good-only.
All casters that prepare spells can do that.
As a parent, I find the movie rating system completely useless. It seems to me it is designed more as a marketing tool than an actual advisory for parents.
I decide for myself what to introduce them to, but if they express a desire to see something, I have never censored it.
I find the kids naturally want to watch what is appropriate for them, so there is little need to micro-manage what's on the screen. Really, if the kids are going to be more influenced by something they see on the screen than by me, then I'm just not doing a good job.
If it frightens them or they run away, which has even happened with so-called "G" movies, I take it off or we leaved the theater. If they are enjoying, I let them watch it.
The press is having a field day calling these things white house scandals.
IRS: Not a scandal really. The white house had nothing to do with it. It was a couple of office workers who were trying to cut their workload by getting creative in search terms. It amounted to profiling. So, how do you feel about profiling now?
Benghazi: I fail to understand what they are trying to find. So we get things wrong occasionally? The IRS does not have a clairvoyants on staff? I just don't get it.
AP News: Remember when you had a problem with Bradley Manning leaking information? Well, now you see the other end. What do you think now?