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I find soundtracks to be very distracting overall. First of all there's the issue of setting them up, which detracts from gameplay; at their best they have a tendency to distance you emotionally from whatever's happening in the game. Life doesn't have a soundtrack, after all.
Life does, however, have sound effects. Soundscapes of, say, crickets and frogs and occasional nightbird noises can add to a "you-are-there" feel of a night encounter in a forest or swamp. Same for drippy cave noises for an underground/underdark campaign. Ocean waves help as well, if your encounter takes place near a beach or at sea. Background noises of human civilization are more likely to distract, though.
The Mesmerist is pushing pretty heavy to be interpreted as the go-to build for a turn-of-the-century stage magician/Harry Houdini/stage hypnotist type.
So, what's the status of Stage Magic in Golarion, given that actual magic is fairly common? First and second level wands, potions, oils, etc are available at Ye Olde Magick Shoppe at seemingly every major city, capable of performing wonders that would have absolutely floored audiences of 19th century Europe/America. Heck, a working wand of CLW (nearly every low-level group of Pathfinders has one) would probably net James Randi's One Million Dollar Paranormal challenge.
So, if I build an actual stage magician Mesmerist/Escapist, complete with top hat, tux, and pigeons... would anyone care? Would such a person get famous? Would it even be interesting for a guy to dangle in a public square and slip free of his straight jacket or chains, when sorcerers are walking around leveling villages with fireballs and straight-up teleporting?
Bluff Skill wrote:
Feinting in Combat wrote:
So, at what range can you do this? Currently I'm working on a build with a Mesmerist that feints with a whip, which would typically be at a range of about ten feet. But there's nothing in the rules that says that you can't feint with a ranged weapon; indeed, I haven't found anything that says that your opponent even has to see you (while common sense dictates that feinting wouldn't be required, advanced uses of feint lose the opponent's Dex bonus for a whole turn).
Is there any reason why the crack of a whip could't spook somebody at a pace of fifteen or thirty or even fifty feet? A gunslinger with a whip and improved feint could be a deadly combo.
Is there an FAQ on this?
By the way why is my mount only level 2 when my cavalier's effective druid level is equal to his class level and the paladin's divine bond says its effective druid level is equal to its class level wouldn't my mount be level 6 with 5 levels of paladin and 1 of cavalier?
I would say that the mount gets leveled up to your full levels - as soon as you reach 5 levels of Paladin. Until then you're stuck with a mount that's effectively first level, unless you take the Boon Companion feat. The feat explicitly says Animal Companions, but I'd allow it. Check with your GM.
Later, when that feat is useless, you have the option of retraining that feat, if you want.
Certain animals have "Special Qualities" and abilities that never get listed on the Beast Shape series. Some examples include Swallow Whole, an Ostrich's Crouch ability, and a Wolverine's rage.
Does the Druid never get access to these? Common sense goes both ways on this: a Wolverine's rage seems like a temperamental quality totally inherent to being a Wolverine, and it would be OP to give a druid access to Barbarian's Rage, even in a limited way.
On the other hand the Ostrich's ability to hide seems to rely more on what it looks like - why couldn't a druid do this in an Ostrich body? Likewise, a Tiger Fish's Interlocking Bite has to do with the shape of its mouth, which the druid has presumably inherited.
Is there an FAQ on this?
Matthew Downie wrote:
This thread was generated by me misreading that rule. Thanks for the clarification.
I'm about to write up wild shape statblocks for my Gnome Druid 4.
Obviously if I shift into Medium size I will no longer benefit from +1 size bonus on attacks and AC. Do I also need to recalculate Dex? Like, take a -2 dex bonus to size as if I used Enlarge Person?
Does a medium Druid get the bonus to AC and attacks when shaping into a small critter?
I like druid as well but prior to shape shifting it can be hard on newer players
How so? Remember, we're talking about solo campaigning. Obviously the GM is going to have some kid gloves on until he's sure that the player has his sea legs. Druid gives a built-in tank with an AC and a lot of options for melee. Little lighter on ranged, but you don't really want that with a solo adventure, I think.
Mesmerists have good skills and all the face skills and magician skills (Escape Artist, Sleight of Hand), and lots of great face/spy spells, such as Disguise Self, Hypnotism, Undetectable Alignment.
Hypnotic Stare - drops opponent Will save as a swift action. No save, and opponent won't remember that it happened.
Hypnotism - out of combat creatures suffer a -2 to their will save. If they fail they don't remember being hypnotized. The drawback is that it's low-level only.
I'm currently working on a Mesmerist build with Improved Feint at level one. Mesmerists are proficient with whips, so I'm using the whip to feint at range, and then shoot them with a hand crossbow.
Oread gets the same stat spread and Acid Resistance 5. Which you can trade in for Nat Armor +1, and nat armor bonuses tend to stack. Also, you can trade in their sorcerer buff for 2 extra rounds on summoned monsters (more flanking buddies).
On the minus side, 20 foot movement speed, and without the dwarf clause.
Why drop your AC when you have a dedicated flanking buddy?
Instead I would have the AC take Precise Strike; you - and your AC - can have sneak attack while flanking at third level. By the way, that's to every attack by the AC. At level 4 a large Ape with reach is hitting at about a +8 with two claws and a bite. If he's flanking that's a +10 and he's doing 2d6+6 (or +9/ 2d6+8 if Power Attacking) on one hit, while you're probably hitting at a +8 for 2d4+3+2d6 with a Scythe.
Duck and Cover wrote:
This feat might make sense for a PC that rides a mount, for example a Hunter.
Is a PC considered adjacent to a creature that he has mounted?
Can you be "knocked prone" from being mounted? How does this work? Does the rider choose between being knocked off the mount (and falling prone) or being staggered?
The last line mentions a cover bonus to AC against ranged attacks "as long as ally is wielding a shield". That "while wielding a shield" bit is the only condition given. Does this only take effect upon using the reflex save or while ally is adjacent? The latter does kind of make sense, but also seems like a separate feat.
If it's archery you're interested in, Occultist. Technically a "Psychic" caster, but most of their spells are from the Sorcerer/Wizard list, and their items correspond to a wizard's schools of magic. Also, Psychic caster means no Arcane Spell failure. Also, I would wait until they work the bugs out.
U want full BAB? Bloodrager is probably the closest you're going to get.
A PC doesn't take the Charge action while mounted? This doesn't sound right to me.
This feat makes total sense for a Cavalier to have, since they're going to do a lot of charges. Heck, they get a double bonus to charges at third level - but only while mounted. You're saying that using his standard action to grant the teamwork feat to a buddy (while the Cav is mounted) is useless because the Cavalier isn't doing the charge, but the mount is?
Also, in your own quote:
Charging Rule wrote:
When charging on horseback, you deal double damage with a lance (see Charge).
Emphasis mine. It says right there that YOU can make a charge while on horseback (and by extension, other mounts).
It does not say, "When you are riding on the back of a horse that is charging."
If you and your mount have distracting charge as a feat, how does this play out?
Mounted Combat wrote:
Distracting Charge wrote:
No prereqs, meaning a mounted Cavalier or Druid or Hunter can have his mount select this at level one, as well as himself. (or a Hunter selects it as his bonus teamwork feat, or the Cavalier magically grants it to the mount, etc)
So, let's say you charge a bad guy and your mount doesn't hit, but you do. But you missed by two. And you rolled both attacks simultaneously (as I believe is suggested by the CRB or GM guide, and as often happens at tables to save time). Does the mounts hit now resolve as a hit?
Or, must a mounted PC's player make this decision beforehand, and declare it at the beginning of a session? Like, "As a rule, the (character with better to-hit numbers) will always attack first."
Furthermore, when does "your ally's next turn" happen in the case of mounted combat? Like, say you've made a declaration like the one above, and the mount has better numbers but missed, while the rider hit. Assuming no opportunities for free attacks present themselves, can the mount benefit from the bonus at the start of the next turn? Or does the PC always count as "going" first, since he's giving the mount orders, either through Handle Animal or Ride checks? What if the mount has already been ordered to "Attack that Bunyan" on a previous turn, and is simply continuing in the absence of a "Down" order? Can the rider take a soft delay (not really delaying, but waiting to see if mount hits) as his mount takes a full attack?
Distracting charge is pretty great. I may just take this anyway.
... except a mount and the PC riding it sort of take the same action, right? How would this work in action?
This doesn't make sense to me. The druid can't get the bonus for touching earth and not get the huge penalty when seperated from it.
To the Rules!
Chess Pwn wrote:
I say raise your str, it's kinda low for a fighting type. And I'd also drop your wisdom a bit. You don't need it that high if you're focusing on fighting and not spells.
... and now that I'm recalculating, those numbers aren't adding up. That Wisdom should only be a 16.
Note that the Grippli is fighting a -2 racial strength penalty. This is one of the reasons I want to charge with a lance, starting at first level. Charge bonus to attack rolls combined with double damage weapon bonus is supposed to close the gap at low level.
I guess I'm leaning toward straight druid. While Hunter is probably the best way to go for a pure melee build, I don't just want to focus on melee. I have yet to find a class that's as good at switch-hitting between massive amounts of damage and utility work (via wildshape, for example).
The Earth Elemental shape was kind of my thought, too, except I don't know if the Earth Mastery penalty/bonuses apply to elementally shaped druids. Does anyone know the answer to this before I take it to the rules board?
This is for a homebrew campaign that I'm starting this weekend. Not confirmed yet, but I'm assuming 20 point buy, funky races allowed.
I'm going to play a Grippli Druid. Stats are probably going to be this:
I'm considering dropping Charisma to boost something; maybe Dex.
The build is going to be mount-based. What I'd like, ideally, is for the character to be able to make charges from the back of the mount. With a lance, for double damage.
I see basically three options:
1) Straight Druid, big cat AC. Since a druid isn't normally proficient in any reach weapon, probably the first level feat would be Weapon Proficiency: Lance.
Pro: Won't nerf Druid class abilities like Wildshape, spells.
2) One level dip in Hunter, big cat AC.
On the plus side first wildshape level and level five feat (natural spell) will coincide, as well as Elemental Body and Cat's upgrade to Large size (does an Earth Elemental'd druid suffer from not touching the ground?)
3) One level dip in Cavalier, Wolf AC.
I guess three is off the table. I'm completely evenly split between options one and two.
I have to disagree. The volume of material gives a lot of options. Kineticist pages basically amount to spells known for a Sorcerer, except there's much less to choose from and a much narrower range of how to shape your build. They're actually much lighter than, say, a fighter, if you factor in all the combat feats you should be perusing when you're building one.
Psychic class is extremely light, moreso than wizards or sorcerers. Their spell list is everything, which is why I think (as written), they ought to have a full wizard/witch progression.
Medium is the exception, except that you're probably only keeping track of three or four different for the first few levels. On the other hand, the amount of spirits to choose from (especially at first) will make your head explode if you can't handle option overload.
So... don't play that class?
My most paperwork-heavy class so far has been Alchemist, and that includes a shapeshifting, summon-happy Druid with an AC. The amount of flux that a fifth-level bomb chucker with a familiar undergoes to practically all of his stats on a constant basis will probably outweigh the stuff you have to keep track of with a Medium; time will tell.
I would also like to see more distinction between Psychic magic and divine/arcane, apart from "wear whatever armor you want". Which is shares with divine magic anyway.
As the spells have no verbal or somatic components, it seems like there ought to be something special involved to
a) know that a Psychic is casting a spell
This isn't a tough fix, and it doesn't have to change the game very much. Number one, a fellow Psychic caster should be able to do both a and b without extra effort. Call it passive psi detection or something. A fellow psychic is able to sense a disturbance in the force, as it were.
For non-psychics, I can think of a few options. Make a new stat called "passive psychic perception" or something, and base it on Will. Say, Wisdom modifier (since this is the perception mod stat) plus HD. DM can roll for you and tell you "that guy's casting a spell. A psychic spell. Roll spellcraft." This psychic score could be boosted by feats, traits, items, alternate racial traits, or favored class bonus.
I also notice that Psychic spells and abilities have yet to be assigned to a particular knowledge skill. We already have Knowledge: Arcana for arcane casters and Knowledge: Religion for divine. May I suggest Knowledge: Occult? Goes without saying that all the classes in this book would have this as a class skill, as well as the "Knowledge: All" classes. It should also be added to occult/spooky classes like Witch, Oracle, Inquisitor, and Shaman.
Game Master wrote:
The only one I've ever heard of was a feat where bards could make the spell seem like just part of their performance. Saved my bacon a few times.
Third Mind wrote:
Check the playtest thread. Here's a report with two first level Occultist builds. One melee, one ranged.
This still doesn't really answer my question.
I'm asking if you can put surplus mental focus points in your implements that are only there for the purpose of activating focus abilities, and don't (through virtue of not being enough) add up to a bonus.
In fact, couldn't you put in less than a minimum for resonant ability if you wanted to do that? And would this give you enough of a bonus to cast spells in that implement's school?
I could use a little clarification on how Mental Focus points work.
If I understand it right, you put points in your implements during daily one hour spell time. Can you save some points and place them later, as the situation arises? Something like a non-spontaneous caster's ability to leave slots open and fill them in only fifteen minutes (depending on percentage left open).
So you can only use points that are in your implements to use focus powers, right? Or rather, if you leave mental focus in yourself you can spend them at, like, double cost. Okay, what if you have leftover points after preparing your equipment? Can you put extra points in your implements that wont' activate the resonant bonus but are only there for focus powers?
When you burn points from your implements, but some are left in the implement, does the resonant bonus disappear or does it just reduce based on how many points are in it now?
What if you sleep for eight hours without having spent any points the day before? Can you just leave them in your gear or do they poof while you're sleeping?
Will Extra Mental Focus be a feat?
Stephen Radney-MacFarland wrote:
This came up yesterday just before we were playtesting. I was tinkering with a build that gave my Phantom Sow Terror at first level. Sow Terror is not legal (for PC characters) in PFS. I might recycle that one for a home game.
And for that he's coughed up a feat (and his fighter level for fighter-only feats) and hurt his will save. I don't think it's necessary to burn his BAB, too.
That same fighter can dip in gunslinger for a free gun and grit, but people aren't (usually) calling for that to become a 3/4 BAB class.
Yeah, I'm trying to think of the potential for abuse at a one level dip, and not coming up with much. Barbarian? Bloodrager? These are the only magical/Supernatural Constitution-based classes I can think of. You'd be trading in a class level for a d6 ranged weapon, which no well-built Barb is going to do.
You still need dex to aim it. Gunslingers target touch AC without worrying about energy resistance or SR, and I don't see a whole lot of one level gunslinger dips at the tables.
Joe Lai wrote:
As I indicated, the Druid player did just fine. "Noob" was meant only to indicate his relative lack of experience, not any pejorative connotation.
Improved Feint + whip + ranged weapon (one handed)=
Assume you start out at ten foot reach of opponent. Snap the whip in opponent's face, roll bluff check, shoot opponent who is now denied dex bonus.
My thought was hand crossbow (Mesmerist), but it would work even better with a Gunslinger, to put Touch AC in toilet. Also, daggers. Quick Draw or rapid reload to keep it going every round.
Assuming Medium opponent with no reach weapon, you should be safe.
Does this work? Legal? Rules are a bit light when it comes to the logistics of a feint.
Occultist 1: Melee Build
This went pretty swimmingly, all things considered. Noob Druid had done a lot of homework and indicated that he'd played a few home games, so he didn't slow us down.
Phantom never solidified into a corporeal form once. The Phantom was, however, incredibly useful as a rogue stand-in: scouting ahead. The Phantom doesn't technically have a fly speed, so PC had her "five-foot step" down into pits and such incorporeally - not sure of the legality of this. Certainly incorporeal and climb checks is an odd grey area that could use some clarification.
Phantom kept my tank from getting gobbled by an ooze. BTW, here's my build:
Resistance, Purify Food and Drink
Combat Expertise, Improved Disarm
Apparently everybody at the table was familiar with Harry Dresden but me. I latched onto the martial weapon proficiency of the class and built my character around expertly disarming people at reach.
This guy hits at a +4 melee without bonuses and disarms at a +8. His spells are Hold Portal and Enlarge Person. There was some discussion about whether or not the +2 Strength belt would work at first level. We ultimately decided it couldn't, so I put the points into getting Keen on my Greatsword instead. I have to say that if it's not available at low levels, the Belt feature loses a lot of its luster.
Character-wise, Oswald is a pretty vanilla Lawful Good fighter type who has a keen interest in history and spooky Occult stuff, as well as machines (knowledge ranks in Engineering, History, Religion). Kind of a noble Ghostbuster. Next time I plan on giving one of my weapons the Ghost Touch quality. Real shocked at the way Spiritualist PC RP'd his character.
Phantom was skinned as Spiritualist's dead wife and had no face, held up a drama symbol happy/sad mask for mood. Very fun roleplay, especially for the Occult playtest. In combat, Spiritualist only used Summon Monster, always Bloody Skeletons. Thematically appropriate.
Spoilers for Boss Battle:
We took down the Minotaur without too much trouble. My first round was spent Enlarging. Round two I traded Keen Bonus on my greatsword for Quicksteps as a swift action (extra 30' of movement) and then charged the Minotaur and deaxed him immediately thanks to a fairly high roll, Ranseur disarm bonus, feat bonus, bard bonus, charge bonus (ended up being a 30). Bloody skeleton and archer softened him up, large Ranseur finished him off. Done in three rounds!
Occultist is a fun class to play; martial weapon proficiency goes a long way to making this a fun alternative to magus, and pretty customizable. Spiritualist has some great roleplay potential; can't really say that I've seen a Phantom in combat yet because he kept it incorporeal the entire time. Playing another session with my Psychic Lobster seems like a chore, but I can happily envision playing Oswald up to tenth level.
Note: an incorporeal sneak companion is the death knell for rogues. Most of what the Phantom did in our session was traditional rogue stuff, but fearlessly and with darkvision.
I'd actually stop griping about the lack of options at levels one and two if they upgraded the spell progression to full wizard level. Keeping them Spontaneous/Spells known is fine, but the spells are limited enough (no rays, very little battlefield control, no healing or summoning) that I think having 2nd level spells at level three is called for.
Psychic magic doesn't have a spell failure chance correct? So you could take armor proficiencies for this class?
You can. Since they're so squishy and low BAB with no real weapon proficiencies I chose to grab the armor and deal with the basement attack rolls. If I do another session I'll probably upgrade to full plate and start enhancing that to stay alive; mage armor won't cut it.
Skimming through the Psychic spell list, I don't even see any spells that offer an attack roll. No arcane penalty means it's better to invest in heavy armor than in a high Dexterity modifier. Psychics beg for min-max builds, moreso than Sorcerers or even Wizards.