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Sounds logical to me.
Thanks again

this is for a pfs character, so is there anything you would have me point to in particular to state my case?

hey, so if my magus has the silent spell arcana and the still spell arcana, can he use both of them at once to cast a silent and still spell?

thanks in advance

Argh, those are exactly what I was looking for, mythic stuff isn't pfs legal, right?


Hmm, I'm not seeing the bonus to breaking doors with the size increase in the spell description. If you could point me to that, that would be super. Thanks

Given the cost, I may start with just purchasing some enlarge person pots. I hadn't thought of that, but it could be worth it for the occasional flavor

I will now commence looking at all that

Yeah, not quite what I'm looking for, but thanks for the thought.

Thanks, this is for a pfs character, but that's nice to know.

Wish I had known about that

Never leave home without it :-)

Thanks, I'll check that out. Looking for fun flavor for my barbarian who might take that rage power that gives a +8 to breaking stuff

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I ran a fun bar fight once. It was low level, so that helped, but basically a thug picked a fight with them for sitting in his seat/table and then as soon as initiative was rolled, the barkeep pulled his heavy crossbow out and yelled, "no weapons," making it clear that their would be runners for law enforcement if that rule wasn't held to.
The group reported enjoying it.

So does such a thing exist that does not actually increase strength but just increases the checks?

Thanks in advance

yeah, i tracked down the resonant power. it's kind of a fun one.

ah, the tome. i think that will be prohibitively expensive, but thanks all the same.

we posted at the same time imbicatus.
thanks for the specifics.
are they pfs legal? for some reason i have a memory of someone saying they weren't.

ah, i forgot about them.
i'll go looking now, thanks.

i noticed recently an item that added +2 to dex as well as other things that wasn't the belt. i haven't found anything similar for wis. is anything out there that i've missed?

thanks in advance.

thanks. i was asking for my crusader cleric, so i've already lost a domain and wouldn't be able to do theologian, but that would be perfect for my daughter's character.

thanks, that was what i was assuming and hoping, it just seemed odd that a cleric couldn't then prepare them in his/her normal slots.

thanks again.

so i believe that if a cleric's domain spell is not a cleric spell, then s/he can only prepare it in the domain spell slot.
this makes it seem to me that they "kind of" know the spell.
so what happens with wands and scrolls? can cleric's automatically use wands and scrolls of their domain spells that are not cleric spells?
and this is for pfs.

thanks in advance.

thanks so much, that headband looks nice. it's hard to think about not using the headband for the stat bump, but it's definitely something to think about.

thanks again.

so does anyone know if any exists for channeling positive energy?

i've been looking through what i can, but i haven't found anything yet.
any info would be greatly appreciated.
- thanks

that sounds reasonable to me.
thanks for your thoughts.

another question.
for the final encounter, how did folks handle letting the PCs find out, or not find out, about the two main ways to save the day? i must admit, i've only read through that section once, so maybe i missed it, but i figured i'd ask because i'm going to be re-reading it now away from computer access and then will be getting home with only a small amount of time before having to run it.

so any thoughts about would be much appreciated.

i like the sound of that. i don't have time to parse through it all carefully atm, but thanks so much for your thoughts.

hey, i'm pretty new to gming, and i've got a bunch of questions about this one as i'm looking to prep it. if anyone has any insight, i'd greatly appreciate it. so here goes:

1. on p. 6 it says that pathfinders can suppress an individual effect of the Guards and Wards spell for 24 hours. how does that work mechanically? do they just say, "we decide to suppress the fog?" Do they have to succeed at a spellcraft check to recognize the spell first? Do i have to tell them that they have the ability to suppress one effect? it seems very vague.

2. on p. 8 under the fire mephits description, it says they start north of A1. Does that mean in area A5? or does it mean at the north end of the hall of A2? or something else? The mummies start "near area A5," so I assume that means the north end of A2. In general, i'm having a hard time figuring out where they are all supposed to be once the PCs enter.

3. more on that first fight. I can't tell how involved B and S are supposed to be. Does S just stay in A3 and observe with claivoyance? does B leave A5 and join the fray? if not, how does B know what's going on? I feel a bit at a loss how to set that up so that B and S are there but so they don't automatically become indistinguishable to the PCs and immediately just get attacked and end any chance of dipomacizing and whatnot.

thanks in advance for any thoughts/clarifications.

makes sense. thanks.

glad to hear it. i thought i remembered that not being the case for some other movement effects like reposition or bull rush or something, so i figured it was worth checking.

in the description of ghoul touch, it makes it seem that the save is just in relation to the sickened feeling for those in the 10 ft. radius of the paralyzed person and that the person touched becomes paralyzed with no save if the touch attack lands. that seems kind of crazy but definitely how it seems to read in plain english. is there any precedent for the way spell descriptions work that points to the save also being in regards to the touch effect.

has there been any clarification on if you can use force punch to push people off of ledges or into fire or whatnot?

hmm, unseen servant is an interesting one. having it bite it from area damage would be annoying, but that might still be the winner for me compared to 10k or more for an item/glove or the weapon cord (maybe i'll have a change of heart, but right now I'm not really digging the visual of my dervish dancing scimitar wielder having a wand flapping around him on a string).
thanks for the thoughts and keep them coming if there are any more.

that would be nice, but yeah, it is pretty pricey. not sure if i could justify 10k just to make sure that i don't lose a lvl 1 wand. it would be way cooler though.

Bbauzh ap Aghauzh wrote:

When it becomes a rule issue, then common sense definitions really don't matter as much as what's mechanically possible. In this case, "physically possible" cannot be just fluff and each GM has to look at their game in regards to both mechanics and game balance.

i'm not convinced the other reading of it turns it into fluff. it turns it into a feat that the animal companion can take if smart enough but cannot use. that doesn't seem like just fluff to me so much as the way the rule reads in conjunction with the mechanics of the game.

hmm. thanks for the thoughts. one of the characters i was thinking about this with is a dervish dancer, so i'm thinking that the dangling wand would interfere with fighting since he can't have anything in his off hand and take advantage of the feat. looks like i might be just dropping it.

Hi, i was wondering if there is any way to store a wand as a free action? i wouldn't need to access it again easily, but after using it to cast something, i'd like to be able to get it out of my hand (without dropping it) and move if possible.

anyone know of anything?

thanks in advance.

oh, and i'm already locked into being a half-orc, so no tail (not that i'm sure if that would work with a tiefling or not)

i can't say i've thought about this overly much, but i've always liked the idea of having crossbows be against touch ac. it has always seemed to me that this would be balanced by the lack of iterative attacks since loading would always be at least a standard action (light) if not a full round. and maybe up the damage a bit on heavy or whatever. i like some of the strength rules for reloading a heavy one or some such as well.

Bbauzh ap Aghauzh wrote:
pauljathome wrote:
Bbauzh ap Aghauzh wrote:
Jiggy wrote:
RedDogMT wrote:
An animal is not physically capable of doing an unarmed strike
I don't even know how to respond to a statement like this.
The point being, every unarmed strike a creature makes is inherently considered a natural attack.

Improved unarmed strike allows one to make a lethal or non lethal attack.

In the real world, animals can be trained to do non lethal attacks.

So, by your own logic, animals MUST be able to take improved unarmed strike. They are physically capable (as shown by real world examples), they have the INT, they can buy the feat.

Animals do lethal damage all by themselves already.

They need to be taught a trick to do non lethal damage.

IUS is not that trick. IUS allows someone who normally does non lethal damage to do lethal instead and not take the AoO.

And there is no trick currently written into the game that allows your animal to be commanded to do non lethal. You can push them to do so though.

this is where it seems to me that you are arguing based on the belief that "physically capable" is the same as "mechanically capable." i can see an argument for that, but i don't think it's and open and shut case. it seems to me that using the word "physically" in that statement evokes or connotes more of a connection to the common sense meaning of capable than the game mechanic capable. if that's the case, then an animal can clearly take ius (i'm assuming you wouldn't argue with the common sense idea that animals are capable of unarmed attacks even though you argue that the mechanics of the game change these to being called natural attacks or somesuch) but it would simply be a wasted feat within the game (obviously except for taking it as a prereq).

i'm curious about your thoughts on this as well as on why what i've taken to be your reading of it should be assumed.

thanks in advance.

blackbloodtroll wrote:

All creatures with physical bodies capable of movement, are physically capable of making unarmed strikes.

exactly, but weren't some people stating that they felt there was no mechanical way for the animals to take advantage or use that within the game rules?

again, i may have missed something in the argument as i was skimming and such.

from a pfs perspective, has it been stated anywhere that "physically capable of" is the same as "mechanically capable of?"

i haven't read everything on this thread, but i thought it looked to be that the argument against allowing ius is because there's no mechanic to allow the animal to use an unarmed strike, but that seems possibly different from the limitation of "physically capable of." "physically capable of" seems to be more of a common sense threshold. and if that's the case, then it would seem that animals with the requisite int could take ius in order to take other feats but not actually use unarmed strikes, which seems fine to me.

sorry if my lack of reading the entire thread means that this has been covered elsewhere or is totally off point.

well, i think the first thing for me to do is push for a relatively detailed recap before each meeting that we all chip into. without that, i (and the rest of us) just get more and more detached from the back story.
if i try the video diary, i'll come back and say how it goes. knowing me, though, if i decide to do it in-character, i'll need more than 5-10 minutes to plan out how i'd phrase everything, and that's what may keep it from happening. we'll see.

i think that last question from harald was directed at the op and not me.
so, back to the video diaries. do people each do their own and then share them via email in between sessions? are they in character descriptions of what went on or just the basic details of what happened? i'm not really worried about my group as a whole, they all seem pretty content, but i would like a way that might get me to remember more of the backstory stuff and therefore enjoy it more, although the process i use to remember it needs to be enjoyable as well (at least on some level).
i'm kind of liking the idea of an in character one that gets shared. finding the time before i forget it all would be the issue. hmm, maybe thinking about it that way would help me take notes while it's happening though.
really my friends and i just need to all move in together and stop caring about our wives and children so much ;-)

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i think the idea of having them involved in the world building sounds intriguing. for me, the problem with APs that only get played once a month at most is that there's so little context to everything that is going on (in the grand scheme of everything else that is happening in my life over the course of 4-6 weeks), that most of the detail and backstory simply washes over me after the first session. once that happens, every session the details become harder to connect and therefore harder to retain and therefore harder to care about. i think having the players involved in creating some of the backstory could help more in terms of simply helping them to remember more of the backstory details (since some of them will be recognizable from their own suggestions) and once things are easier to remember, they might tend to be more interested/interesting. not sure how clear that was.

Harald - what do you mean by a video diary? something like videoing yourself on your phone recapping the session as soon as it ends?

i'd like to hear more as i have some of these issues myself - with myself. i have a game with 6 other rl friends which also plays once every 4 to 6 weeks and we probably only get about 5 hours in per session. only myself and one other friend play pathfinder outside of this group, so we're the ones who take turns organizing and distributing loot and we'e in charge of knowing the rules and whatnot.

personally, i have a super hard time getting myself to care about the backstory with so much time between sessions. i think i'd prefer to get together and play shorter mods or even just pfs scenarios, but my other friend who organizes it with me really enjoys APs. I've tried forcing myself to take notes, but that has yet to work (over the course of a couple of years at this point), by which i mean the notes i do take don't help me much in that regard, and i lose interest in taking notes super fast (is there any special way that people organize their notes to help them flow better and better express the backstory so that they might seem more useful and interesting to me?). the other folks in our group are happy to just to get together when we can and have an excuse to hang out and do something different as far as i can tell, but i'd definitely like to find a way to increase my engagement in the backstory if there are any other suggestions. that brings me back to the video diary - tell me more :-)

to the original poster - i clearly have nothing other than switching to shorter mods and whatnot - which i really don't think is a bad idea. i know i personally enjoy those more on average.

Thanks for the continued info and opinions. I'd obviously need to get maneuver grapple as well, yes? Wasn't sure if you left that off for a reason (other than that you thought it was too obvious to mention).

Ah, intriguing.

Hmm, dragon style. I like the sound of that. Not sure I'll be able to up my umd enough to use a wand of shared language, but it's a nice idea.

Any other tips and tricks out there?

i guess wasting a feat on imp unarmed isn't the worst thing.
and if i could get his sense motive up to something useful, i would so take snake style!

while i have you, when the snake becomes large at 4th lvl, does he then have a reach of 10 ft?
i'm assuming no, but i can dare to dream, right?

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