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I made that nickname in a rush. Il change it later someday.
Construct Rider wrote:
A construct mount is a construct, but uses the appropriate animal companion's statistics, gaining Hit Dice, skills, feats, and Strength and Dexterity adjustments as the alchemist advances in level. A construct mount has no Constitution score, and instead gains bonus hit points appropriate for a construct of its size. It has an Intelligence score (and skill points), a lower base attack bonus, and better saving throws than a normal construct of its Hit Dice. The mount has all the immunities of a construct (except immunity to mind-affecting effects, since it has a mind).
This is the confusing bit. Its funny because the justification makes it more confusing then just saying it isn't immune to mind effects.
So Construct rider officially allows a construct to get targeted by a mind effect if it has a mind. Does this include other constructs as well (Similar to how an Ooze with an inteligence works)?
I mean that would make sense, and that control construct allows control over mindless constructs, and provides a good reason to keep your constructs mindless.
So whats the Zeitgeist?
Well I want a Horde of Homolunculi for the purposes of crafting. In terms of RPing off the exact books this can TOTALY go awesome. Thanks for the idea of binding the Homoluncili to followers. Clever idea. Also clever idea.
OK, so here are some of the results of my theoretical experiment:
It took about a year of my 5th level character working (With a startup sum of 10,000 gold coins), but I ended up making a sweet startup Magic Item-torium.
It generates 16.7 GP a day, or 501 GP a month . This was in addition to a personal area that I pimped out for myself, and a solid starting crew. This took me about 8,000 GP to make.
It still cannot sufficiently run itself, so I spend another 6 months working there.
I increase in size. I need more labour, so I create a larger clockworkorium, and hire many more people to staff it.
Cashflow increases to 24.1 Cash a Day. Or 725 net gain of stuff a month.
Now I leave it alone with a manager; Partner. That takes down my daily earnings to 20.1 cash a day but thats cool with me. I tell them JUST to generate cash, to prevent capital attrition, (I mean even with it its still then a net gain of resources). At this point in time it can continuously grow without requiring adventurer money, and I prevent attrition as long as I immediately spend the resources to build stuff.
Overall I still need more cash, but this was just with the starting seed money of a level 5 adventurer. At level 10 the earnings are scary.
Well I decided to have some fun with theoretical's.
What would it take to create a theoretical Golem Army Utilizing all possible Rules if the GM is not to interfere. Just fun idea.
I decided to go with a crafting crew, using the Downtime rules for cash generation. This isn't that difficult and with minor maintenance can start your merchant empire and provide you with the resources to turn it into a non-merchant one.
Overall the only hitch in the plan was the fact that your hirelings at best only wen't up to level 3. If only they could be had for 2 higher levels, then they could have the create construct feat.
Well then while that is a sad limitation it is not the end! The fools still provide me with the resources to go into the next step!
Whilst I cannot grant my subjects the Craft Constructs feat, I CAN However CREATE constructs that will have the create construct feat.
Overall the ones that suit my purpose the best are Homunculi!
With Enough HD it gains more feats, with the spell like ability upgrade, it gains a caster level, it can be modified to have a higher INT Bonus, more skills, and better stuff. Bonus points for its spell like ability to be "Crafters Fortune".
Success! My Homunculi can now craft Golems! Whilst I don't think it can replicate itself (No Blood), its pretty good. Possibly with a Valet Familiar to create more Homunculi (Aint nuting saying that familiars can't have blood).
From then on I mainly just make an army of animated Objects. Not for any exact optimized combat purpose. Just for the cool factor of having a Golem Army.
How does that sound as a strategy? Am I missing anything?
I actually never meant that a Fighter having an army was in it of itself bad.
I do think that longterm army management belongs more in a Kingdom game:
HOWEVER. There can indeed be rules for armies, and how a Fighter could have better armies then other classes.
You know what rules would be nice? Rules for Training soldiers. And Make it that the Fighter (Or whatever class) could do it faster, cheaper, better.
There, fighter now has more influence over the world.
In fact it provides a IG mechanic too do the exact same thing that a OOG mechanic about flocking followers too do the exact same thing:
People are flocking towards you in order to gain the honor of being TAUGHT by you.
But the average D&D world assumes that your heroes are plucky adventurers.
Not army leaders. What if my Fighter has a Charisma, Wisdom, and Intelligence scores of 4, he hates people and doesn't trust many other too work with him.
Do they follow him anyway? If they follow an idiot like that why wouldn't the Follow the Paladin or a Wizard?
And the worst reason for balance is because it can just get replicated with some roleplaying:
What if my Wizard becomes the King of an Empire? Then he essentially can have the fighters class ability easily.
Unless NOW your rules would prevent anybody from getting an army except a fighter?
Let me explain:
The D&D world assumes that the world works similarly too our world, yet it has more variables (AKA Magic) that our world doesn't have.
Your idea FORCES a certain kind of play. And your making an uneven comparison:
Wizards Having magic is not how it works:
Its assumed in the average D&D game that magic exists, therefore there is a guy that can manipulate that force. If magic didn't exist, or was not manipulatable, then there would be no wizards.
Your rule is a meta construct. By Desert settings and Horror settings I meant that its supposed to make you feel ISOLATED.
"Oh no we are trapped in Ravenloft!...Ah well. Still got my army with me WEEEEEEEE"
You don't get it:
Wizards have a Spell that allows them too mind control stuff. But if the creature is immune too mind control thats something else. The Wizard might not even have the spell
The issue with a Fighter that auto has followers that forces the GAME WORLD too act a certain way:
What if Im in a desert setting? A Survival Horror setting?
Balancing the Fighter around the assumption that there will be any followers AT ALL, is just wrong in my opinion.
Paladin, Cavalier, Magus at level 13.
Also Gunslinger (Gun Tank), Crusader Cleric, Armored Hulk Barbarian, Metal Oracle. Pretty sure some other guys too.
The fighter can move at full speed
AKA -10 feet. Whilst I only remember the Metal Oracle Getting essentially exactly the same thing as armor training only as a single part of its class, there are plenty of other classes that also give a +10 Foot bonus.
and can use +4 more DEX
Gun Tank Gunsliger.
without having to buy mithral
AKA one of the cheapest things you can buy.
Sure the other classes can do that, but the fighter can do it for free.
Nope. Other classes can.
So I guess those feats that allow for more versatility in combat really don't?
You mean the ones with huge feat chains? Or the ones that work with Only Unarmed Sktrike?
Does everyone just assume that all fighters just take the vital strike chain?
No, we just assume they take the build that does the most damage in order to keep up with the other classes.
You have no examples of a class doing anything better than the fighter, you are just saying that they do.
Do you want some basic examples?
OK, GunSlingers Dex too damage rolls means that with Maximized average Dexterity, it can get +13 too damage rolls. Without magic weapons or anything else. Then we can start adding on Pistolero, Magic weapons, and all the other good stuff that greatly beats out the fighter. And we can double the amount of attacks made with a Double Barrel pistol. Against Touch AC.
Do I have to list every feat chain, combat style, and their merits that may take more than 3 or 4 feats to do effectively? Fighters can do a lot more in combat than just bumping their own numbers.
Sure. Do it.
All of those are a lie.
Lots of other Classes can use heavy armor.
Neither of the above make any of the classes better at combat though as pure DPR and pure AC doesn't exist in a vacuum and they are likely too be targeted by different things as well.
But they can still do the above BETTER then the fighter, and then some.
OK then. Lets simplify this:
Im going too ask you too list the Fighters Merits In game (As in not "Its simpler too run").
What makes the fighter worth playing over any other class?
It doesn't do that much damage
It doesn't have many choices as what it can do in combat.
Its not the best protected.
It doesn't have many skills
Its main class features are much weaker then every other classes class features.
So what is its merit? Why does it not need a boost (Boosting one class is easier then de-buffing 10 others).
Well I should do the good thing and Apologize too Master Marshmellow for being a prick.
I just mean that, I just find myself very frusturated with you Marshmellow.
Thing is, its one thing too be a simple class, its another too be one thats a one Trick pony that doesn't do any of its tricks well.
Sorry again for being a prick.
Now lets get back too reality:
Rouge: "Oh hey a magic item, Il go climb to it too because I have 8+ Skill points too spare!, also fighter you can go polish my boots whilst I do so"
Fighter: "No I can't. Not enough Skill points"
Are you REALY this thick? Are you REALY not trolling? Are you SERIOUS?
I have no idea if your trolling or not. Your just so confusing. Considering Gandalf barely throws any spells around anyway.
Maybe you meant that you wanted more exploding pinecone spells?
Well there is SIMPLY NO OTHER OPTION.
Let me give you an example:
Lets say that all casters could only use 1st level spells, however the damage cap for stuff that maxes out at 5 would instead max out at level 20, and saves scaled at =1/2 level.
They would still be incredibly vertisile, and fun too use.
But casters don't just get too use 1st level spells.
Casters don't need too suck.
Well no, and there is a boatload of evidence for that but yes:
More then anything, the Multi-Class Archetype thread, and multiple class archetypes have shown me just how unbalanced Pathfinder is.
Yet its fixable. The level of Transparency shown, means its much easier too identify the issues and flaws with the system.
Obvious issue is Spellcasting.
Hmmm. I think I found one thats WAY too good:
Astral Captain. Its incredibly optimized, even with diminished spell-casting. Mainly because the summoner is already pretty amazing, and this is the uber version.
I suggest replacing the armor training the Astral Captain gets with an enchantment bonus. Its a subtle change, but fundamentally worse.
Its too much because it mixes too much together to create the ultimate summoner.
Im not sure what to change about it, or how too fix its issues.
So....Are they MEANT too be MUCH MUCH better then their separate classes or did it just happen that way?
A tier 1 class is tier 1 no matter if it looses some, or gains some extra mass.
But the other classes........ Their very fluffy, and probably fun too play but seem to be a quite a bunch more powerful then their parent classes (Tier 1s not withstanding)
OK, so when rolling for Income generated by buildings do I gain that type of resource or do I still have too pay for it?
Lets say I made 1 Magic at a magical Library. Do I still have too pay 50 GP to get it? Cause thats very annoying.
Can I shlump the costs together?
Lets say I made 20 Magic Resource. But I only need one. But I don't have much money in my pocket at the moment.
If I did, I would be saving about 1,000 GP on the purchase of 20 Magic.
But getting 1000 GP would take 47 Days through pure GP making.
But what if instead of gaining that 50% off bonus for two Magic Points I instead bought 1 for a 100% discount? Could that be possible?
But we are not talking the average blacksmith. We are talking the average farmer which is a level 2 Commoner who has an about +9 modifier (Lets be kind and add a +1 Trait mod for the sake of rounding. I tend to give NPCs a single trait anyway).
Thats a 2 GP every day he works. Assuming hes lazy and works only 5 days a week.
Thats 10 GP a week. 40 a month. 480 a year. - 100 GP a year for 3 poor meals a day, thats 380 GP to spend on leftovers.
Buying a single farmland would require 15 goods and labor. Thats about 300 GP.
It can even cost less as the book says:
"At the GM's discretion, you might discover a plot of available land that automatically counts as a Farmland at no cost."
Now we earn a extra 1 GP per day. Thats 15 a week. 60 a Month. 720 a year. - the 100 fee thats 620 (Add the extra 80 and thats 700). OK then now we can buy TWO extra farmland.
Thats 5 GP a Day. 25 a Week. 100 a month. 1,200 a year.
See how the ball rolls?
Edit: for the sake of fun lets continue this.
From that we now have 1,300 Total GP. Then we can spend on 4 extra farmland (We now have 7).
9 GP a day, 45 a week, 180 a week. 2160 a year. Holy crap. This was only after about 4 years. After about 20 we can be making SO MUCH. And this was in YEARLY chunks. If we split it too max efficiency we can result in enough to become magical empire barons!
Often times people can get annoyed at the rules assumptions that all players are all hardcore optimizers and that they will all automatically reach for the tomes, the belts and bands, the cloaks of resistance and other stuff.
Thus monsters all have LUDACRIST stats (Yeah Im SURE that big ol lumbering jerk has Dex 38).
The easy solution is an inbuilt Vow of Poverty (Minus the Poverty). But it doesn't work for those that DON'T want the cristmas tree at all and wan't every magic item too be special.
So I give you:
VOW OF NON-OPTIMIZATION
Enough with the G~!##& DarkVision: Unless core to the monster design (Like a Owl or a Shadow Creature of Darkness) either reduce the range of the Darkvision, or turn it into low light vision or REMOVE IT ENTIRELY.
True Re-Build: Adjust the Feats as well, and adjust skills as well
Example Balor Demon
BALOR CR 20
CE Large outsider (chaotic, demon, evil, extraplanar)
Init +7; Senses darkvision 10 ft., low-light vision, Perception +27
Aura flaming body, unholy aura (DC 23)
AC 20, touch 14, flat-footed 16 (+1 deflection, +3 Dex, +6 natural, –1 size, +1 Dodge)
hp 135 (20d10+8)
Fort +21, Ref +10, Will +19
DR 5/cold iron and good; Immune electricity, fire, poison; SR 31
Speed 40 ft., fly 90 ft. (good)
Melee +1 vorpal unholy longsword +26/+21/+16/+11 (2d6+13), +1 vorpal flamingwhip +25/+20/ (1d4+7 plus 1d6 fire and entangle) or 2 slams +26 (1d10+7)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft. (20 ft. with whip)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 20th)
Constant—true seeing, unholy aura (DC 23)
At will—dominate monster (DC 24), greater dispel magic, greater teleport(self plus 50 lbs. of objects only), power word stun, telekinesis (DC 20)
3/day—quickened telekinesis (DC 20)
1/day—blasphemy (DC 22), fire storm (DC 23), implosion (DC 24), summon(level 9, any 1 CR 19 or lower demon 100%)
Str 35, Dex 17, Con 26, Int 20, Wis 18, Cha 25
Base Atk +15; CMB +28; CMD 45
Feats Cleave, Combat Reflexes, Dodge, Improved Initiative, Improved Two-Weapon Fighting, Iron Will, Power Attack, Quicken Spell-Like Ability (telekinesis), Two-Weapon Fighting, Weapon Focus (longsword)
Skills Bluff +27, Fly +12, Intimidate +27,Knowledge +25(history) , Knowledge (nobility) +20, Knowledge (planes) +25,Knowledge (religion) +25, Perception +27, Sense Motive +25, Use Magic Device 25; Profession (Torturer) 24, Profession (Soldier) 24, Profession (Commander) 24
Racial Modifiers +8 Perception,
Languages Abyssal, Celestial, Draconic; telepathy 100 ft.
SQ death throes, vorpal strike, whip mastery
Death Throes (Su)
When killed, a balor explodes in a blinding flash of fire that deals 100 points of damage (half fire, half unholy damage) to anything within 100 feet (Reflex DC 28 halves). The save DC is Constitution-based.
If a balor strikes a Medium or smaller foe with its whip, the balor can immediately attempt a grapple check without provoking an attack of opportunity. If the balor wins the check, it draws the foe into an adjacent square. The foe gains the grappled condition, but the balor does not.
Flaming Body (Su)
A balor's body is covered in dancing flames. Anyone striking a balor with a natural weapon or unarmed strike takes 1d6 points of fire damage. A creature that grapples a balor or is grappled by one takes 6d6 points of fire damage each round the grapple persists.
Vorpal Strike (Su)
Any slashing weapon a balor wields (including its standard longsword and whip) gains the vorpal weapon quality. Weapons retain this quality for one hour after the balor releases the weapon, but after this the weapon reverts to its standard magical qualities, if any.
Whip Mastery (Ex)
A balor treats a whip as a light weapon for the purposes of two-weapon fighting, and can inflict lethal damage on a foe regardless of the foe's armor.
Seems to work like a charm. Any obvious flaws you see?
Is there anywhere where I can find the information for how the vehicle stats are calculated?
Cause Im currently re-designing the Spelljammer ship rules. And I need help to understand whats the design process behind that so that I can create my own.
Spelljammer ships are too cool and varied to be shoved under like 3 types of ships.
I just want to ask, rounded down too tons, how much would each ship from the Naval combat rules weigh in tons? if possible, I would like the weight of the sails and rigging and such separate from the weight of the ship itself.
This is for SpellJamming reasons.
Just the average ship sizes. if you can calculate the weight (In tons) for some of the more specific ships thats even better.