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Just a final follow-up: I played my paladin today with 2-hand power attack going on the scimitar (I did re-train Channel Smite to Power Attack after all), along with improved critical. He regularly did damage in the 20-30's, and had numerous critical hits that scored even more.
So thanks to everyone who gave advice, whether or not I took it. I'm much more pleased with my PC's performance, and much more enlightened about character options.
My PC has purchased a Belt of Giant Strength +2 (all he could currently afford). I just played him at a con over the weekend and it seemed to work out well; I know it's only a +1 for attack and damage, but sometimes that matters. :)
Having survived that scenario, I'll be leveling him up to 9th shortly. I plan to take the Improved Critical feat for his scimitar, and I'm excited to see how that works out. In addition to the multiplied damage, he also has the Flame of the Dawnflower trait, which adds 2 points of damage on crits.
I've been torn about the 2-handed attack strategy because my PC has invested in a +2 shield and I'm not keen on him selling it off ... Then I realized that he can just keep it slung over his shoulder and use it when he needs it. Duh. So I'll be trying out the 2-handed attack next time I play him, hopefully next month.
Still kicking around the feat retraining ideas. I might have him retrain Channel Smite for one of the feats others have suggested.
As for my points of comparison: In the past I've played with players whose PCs (like archers, or fighter-types with nasty, big, pointy melee weapons) seem to average in the 20's for their damage per attack, while my PC seems to average in the low teens, if that. I guess it's a bit embarrassing for me, sometimes, and not quite what I want my PC to be like (a fearsome warrior of good, a force to be reckoned with).
So that's where I'm at right now. Thanks for asking!
I've seen numerous references that some Traits are not allowed in PFS / Core play, but I can't find any official post, blog, or document that contains a full list of them.
Am I missing something? How do I know which Traits are legal and which are not?
I'm currently creating a PC for Core and would like to know which Traits from the Web Enhancement I can choose from.
This is great stuff, folks. Thanks for your help!
I've tried posting an update a few times now, and each time my internet connection gave me fits. So sorry this is late!
A couple things my PC is doing for sure: purchasing a belt of giant strength and taking the Improved Critical feat at 9th level - which is 1xp away. Aside from that, I'll have to give more thought to the feats and retraining ideas.
The point about paladins taking damage so others won't is a great point. This is my first paladin; normally I play fighters or fighter-types, where I want my PC to be able to withstand a lot of attacks when he/she is in the thick of things. I guess I'm still getting used to the "it's not all about me" perspective of a paladin. Yeah, it's taken me 8 levels, but I'm not always a fast learner. :)
This is all great advice - thanks everyone! Exactly what I was looking for. I'm going to take some time to digest it a little more tomorrow (had a really busy day today).
This PC is my first in PFS, so there was definitely a learning curve involved, which influenced some of my early decisions.
If anyone has more ideas, please share them!
I play a level 8 Half-Orc paladin of Sarenrae in PFS (Silver Crusade). For a little while now I've been concerned that my PC doesn't do as much damage as other PCs of the same level. I'd love to have some advice / help to change this.
Here is some specific information about my PC:
1.) Str 16, Dex 12, Con 14, Int 10, Wis 13, Cha 18.
2.) AC 27, 84 hp.
3.) Primary weapon = +1 flaming scimitar (2d6+4 damage). The choice of scimitar is probably the main cause of my low damage output (a d6 damage weapon vs. a longsword, greatsword, etc.). I've considered changing it many times, but my PC purposely uses it because it's Sarenrae's favored weapon and (as backstory / roleplaying info) he considers himself forever indebted to her for saving his life. So he's pretty committed to this weapon choice.
4.) Applicable powers and abilities: Smite Evil (definitely kicks up the damage output, but limited uses); Channel Positive Energy (see feats); Divine Bond (weapon; also kicks up damage, but is even more limited than Smite Evil).
5.) Feats: Toughness; Extra Lay on Hands; Channel Smite (definitely helps with damage output, but relies on a limited resource [Channel Pos. En.]); Ironhide.
I think what I'm looking for is a way to increase my PC's average damage output without relying on a limited resource like Smite Evil or Channel Positive Energy.
On p.439 of the CRB, it states that in a windstorm, "Creatures on the ground are knocked prone and rolled 1d4 * 10 feet, taking 1d4 points of nonlethal damage per 10 feet, unless they make a DC 15 Strength check."
My question is: Does the Strength check prevent BOTH being knocked prone and taking nonlethal damage, or ONLY taking nonlethal damage?
Is there a spell, magic item, etc. that functions as a tracking device? One of my PCs has an important book; he can keep the book in his possession while in the city, but I'd like to find a magical, secret way to have its owner be alerted if the PC leaves the city with it.
Any ideas or suggestions?
On the topic of changes, I have a question about Pathfinder Tales novels and their chronicle sheets.
The season 5 and 6 guides to org. play refer to a Prolific Reader boon, and the chronicle sheet they refer to is set up differently than most of the sheets I have. (The vol 4 sheet is the only one I've seen that's set up this way.)
I understand how that sheet works, but what about sheets from novels that apparently precede the season 5 and 6 rules? For example, the Queen of Thorns sheet - it's not set up in the "Prolific Reader" format (a once-per-player format), so does that mean I can apply it to multiple characters like I've done in the past?
Preston Hudson wrote:
It is not a glitch. There is no chronicle available for The Redemption Engine as well as a few others currently. It will probably be some time after GenCon before we see any of the updated sheets for the Tales books released after King of Chaos.
Thanks, Preston! I was surprised there was no sheet available, but I guess the Paizo staff have been a bit busy lately, haven't they?
I know I've read discussions on the messageboards in the past about the magic items every character should have: cloak of resistance, ring of protection, etc. ... but I just can't seem to find any of those threads right now, and I'd really like to find them before tomorrow night's PFS game.
Can anyone point me in the right direction?
This is a fantastic article, Netopalis - thanks for writing and posting it! I'm in the process of rebuilding one of my PFS characters and have been stuck for a while, so this gives me some new ideas and inspiration to work with.
On point #5, my paladin has Profession: Baker as a skill, which he uses for his day job checks. This doesn't usually enter actual game play, but once in a while I find myself with an opportunity to make jokes about it. My favorite line is something about my character trying to influence someone or show gratitude by presenting them with a plate of paladin cookies. It's good for table-wide laugh, so it's worth the skill points I've dedicated to it.
On point #2, I have my paladin write his own Pathfinder Chronicles, which begin with his backstory. That is, I myself actually keep a running document in which I write like he would write, covering the details of each scenario he completes. Like his baking, this doesn't usually come up in actual game play, but it gives me a better feel for who he is and what he values. Plus, it provides a good record of material that I can use to make references from (which I guess also relates to #3).
Once again, thanks for a great article!
Check out the link below to the Christian Gamers Guild. It should put you on the chaplain's corner page, which has some great articles. Pay special attention to the Faith and Gaming series of articles; they've been incredibly helpful to me.
Also, I'm a pastor who's played rpg's since about 7th grade, so let me know if I can be of further help.
I believe you can find them here under alchemical weapons. (I assume the Desnan candle is the same as the star candle firework.) The skyrocket is 1 lb.; the others are of negligible weight.
Thanks, Joana, that's exactly what I was looking for! I didn't even think to check the PRD - good call!
Can anyone with the Adventurer's Armory tell me what, if any, weight the following fireworks have?
My PFS PC has access to these fireworks through the We Be Goblins chronicle sheet, but there's no weight listed on the sheet or in the module itself. Normally I wouldn't care too much (well, my OCD tendencies might ...) , but my PC (a Halfling) is at the upper limit of carrying a light load, and I don't want his speed dropping to 15 feet per round.
Thanks Blahpers and James!
In a 3.5 campaign I played in, our party had storage lockers in a local bank where we kept our excess coins, gems, gear, and other items. Thankfully we also had a merciful DM as a bank security guard who never allowed thieves to come anywhere close to our stuff. :)
However, the same DM also instituted conversion fees for changing coins from one type into a higher type (gold to platinum, for example). The reasoning was that banks, merchants, or others would be taking on more coinage (weight and volume) by accepting lower denomination coins and giving up higher denomination ones. I didn't personally care for that house rule, but it wasn't a big deal. I'd rather have the security as a player knowing my PC's stuff was safe.
Is there any kind of conversion fee for changing coins from one type to another (gold to platinum, for example)? Or even for changing coins to gems of the same value (50gp in coins to a 50gp gem, for example)? I haven't found such a rule in the CRB or the PFS Guide to Org. Play.
I ask because in PFSOP, PCs receive a certain amount of "gold" at the end of each scenario ... but I don't want my PC carrying around a couple thousand actual gold pieces, simply for encumbrance purposes. My group doesn't really make a big deal out of encumbrance, but I'd rather not get into a situation in which it becomes an issue (plus, I'm a bit on the OCD side and I NEED to comply with the rules ...).
Wow, that was fast! Thanks, Gorbacz!
Questions about Pathfinder Adventure Paths:
1.) Of the 11 Adv. Paths listed on the website, which ones are still available for purchase?
2.) In what order were they released?
3.) Which ones are the best ones? (I realize that's a very subjective question, but I'd like to see a general consensus.)
4.) Do I need any other Pathfinder resources to use the Adv. Paths (aside from the basic game books)?
OK, so here's an update.
My 2nd lead from the comic store contacted me and said he and a friend are interested in gaming. So that makes me, you, and the 2 of them.
I also contacted a couple friends of mine who live a bit outside the area, but may be able to travel here to game, depending on the day we meet (one can only join us if we meet on Saturdays).
So that brings the potential total to 6!
Could you please email me at jmach31(at)gmail(dot)com? That way I can have your email address and get a group discussion going.
Looking forward to starting up soon!
OK, great to know. Thanks for the clarification, Rdrp.
I had 2 leads from the comic store. 1 has replied and said he's not interested at this time - apparently his posting was over a year old. The other hasn't responded yet (I emailed both on Saturday). I may have another lead or 2 I could follow up with as well, though at least 1 of them would be a bit of a long shot.
2.) If worse came to worst, and it was just you and I, would you still be interested in a short campaign or series of one-shots?
I'll post back when I have more info to share.
Thanks for responding, Rdrp! Glad to know there's at least one other gamer around here.
I have a couple leads from a local comic store to follow up on as well, so I'll post back soon and we can start sorting out details. Thanks for the interest!
In the meantime, could you further explain the "or something" part of your post? Would a short campaign be included (say, one that wraps up before you leave town)?
I'd prefer to keep things local - Rockford, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Roscoe, etc. I had a couple groups that I was part of at one time, but they involve fairly significant travel now, and it's just not feasible to do anymore.
I'm available to play every other week. Tuesday night would probably be my first preference, though Wednesday night could work too. Saturdays may also be a possibility. I'm flexible to others' schedules.
I'm willing to DM, though it's been a while since I've done so.
Hopefully that helps clarify my situation and availability. Thanks for the nudge, gnomewizard.