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Ring of the Clockwork Sentinel
This heavy brass ring appears to be three thin rings joined together with a small clockwork face on top. Each ring is covered in ten runes and can rotate, clicking with each turn. The face is made up of two tiny rubies and an open brass rectangle resembling a mouth displaying a single combination of three runes at any given time.
Items should not break the fourth wall and talk to me...
That's funny you should say that. While it may not have been a serious thought, one of the ideas I toyed with today was a Ring of the Fourth Wall...
Ring of the Fourth Wall
This ring provides a +4 bonus to initiative and once per day, the player of the PC wearing the ring can say one word that is mentally heard by the PC. The wearer has no control over this power and the wearer is not compelled to act on the word.
I actually jumped over to this forum to take a break from voting--great comments all around.
I made Dedicated Voter in a day and a half. After seeing a couple of hundred pairs and starting to see duplicates it just comes down to the timer. Maybe once a voter hits Dedicated or maybe Marathon, the timer can be cut down to 30 seconds?
As far as the items, I just have to give credit to everyone who entered, because good, bad or ugly most the entries spark my own imagination--my notebook is filling up fast!
@YuenglingDragon - The app doesn't currently support fumbles, but I'll likely have an update in the near-future to add that functionality. Thanks for the feedback.
Heine Stick wrote:
@Heine Stick - Thanks for working through that example. I think you may be right on the sound preference bug. I'll debug it tonight and roll out an update if necessary.
On the heels of TPK Games' release of "Laying Waste: A Guide to Critical Combat" is the official app for your Android phone or tablet!
This app puts all the fantastic and well-balanced critical effects from "Laying Waste" at your fingertips. It even allows you to optionally roll the various associated effects' durations, subtables and saving throws as well.
Special thanks to TPK Games for developing a quick, fun and versatile new critical system and for providing support throughout the development process.
Now available in the Google Play Store.
I'm versed in both the full core Pathfinder as well as the Beginner version and have played in a couple of APs and several modules/scenarios. I likely wouldn't run too many core modules/AP with Beginner rules, but as you said, it can be done with modification.
For instance, I don't think it would be too hard to tweak the core Crypt of the Everflame module for the Begginer Box.
Thanks for the response.
I agree, I have found memories of the "Pick you Path" books too.
I have to give all the credit to Paizo, not only for the adventure but for the Beginner Box itself--it really is a great product that has helped me share my love of the game with my kids.
While it may not seem that Paizo supports the "basic" version of the game, the fact that they release the rules under OGL and CUP allows others, such as myself, to carry the torch and give back to the community.
Also, I can't fault them for having other priorities and areas of focus--not, that I wouldn't mind a little more "official" support.
Lord Lupus the Grey wrote:
Since you said "cast" in the cases above, I won't address retrieving the items.
Pretty much in all cases you can do 1-3 with one hand. In some cases, you may be able to attach the scroll to the inside of the buckler and not need any hands, though you may still need a free hand to designate or touch targets.
Lord Lupus the Grey wrote:
No penalties--unless you used the rod as a mace or club, in which case you take a -1 penalty to attack (along with penalty for fighting with two weapons) and lose the buckler's AC until the start of you next turn.
A case can be made that you lose the buckler's AC when casting from a scroll because of the "final gestures" requirement, which might be considered the same as the somatic components of actually casting a spell (see buckler).
Lord Lupus the Grey wrote:
That would address the case of losing the buckler's AC bonus when using a scroll.
Hello. You will get a better response posting to the Advice or Rules Questions sub-forums. This sub-forum is generally for questions regarding the Beginner Box (which doesn't have Monk without houserules).
However, since you asked...
Thinking about a sparring system is a bit more than I would want to come with as a GM, I think I would abstract it and have your PC make a Perform check.
It's based on Cha, which would represent your PC's ability to sell his training. Then there might be a matter (i.e. percent chance) or finding an interested student, though you could actively seek one.
I might play with the bonus on the preform check and throw in Monk level and maybe a situational +2 if you have a specific feat the trainee was interested in.
The Perform skill has a set of DCs that give a good indication of what training might be worth based on the check result.
Not to take anything away from Paizo's great products, but I'm not sure there is enough demand for them to invest in a PC version of their apps.
I own the Critical Fumble and Critical Hit decks as well as the mobile apps (iCrit and iFumble). I agreed with some other folks that thoses apps should be combined so I created my own app, CritGen! for iOS and Android.
I also had a few request for a PC version of CritGen!, so here's a link if you're interested.
Saint Caleth wrote:
Thanks for taking the time to review my item. I can't say I disagree with anything you've said, but I can provide a little insight as to what I was thinking.
Bryan Bloomer wrote:
I appreciated the premise of this item and I could see using it as a GM as part of a plot, I felt the execution was off on several points.
As soon as I saw the name, I thought of the spell illusory script , but I suppose suggestion works too. However, suggestion is 3rd level which should put the caster level of the item at least at 5th. Also, the durations of the numerous abilities seemed long and I somehow felt there should be three Will saves for: follow the words of the pamphlet, show it to a friend, charm person.
While the 7 day expiration merits a cost reduction, I think the item was still priced too low.
Jacob Kellogg wrote:
Bracelet of the Peaceful Dove
Overall, I think this item was well balanced and cost-appropriate. I like the imagery of the dove and its effects, though I wasn’t entirely sure that the -5 penalty on Bluff checks was really a hindrance as I'd just have my PC take the bracelet off before attempting to bluff. Otherwise, well done, I voted for this one quite a bit.
I would absolutely want this, but the price and the mythic tier were just things I didn’t' have enough experience with to know if it was balanced. On first glance I thought it was an artifact and during voting more times than not a cheaper item with just a couple of well-focused abilities won out.
Wildly imaginative and creative; I liked it. I don't know if it needed the alarm aspect, but I can see how that fits in. Seems like the number of uses for the swapping should be limited. An at-will dimension door, even with the limitation of needing the mannequin and the reduced range might cost out at about 100,000 gp in my estimates.
Shears of the Hairless Hag
These 8 inch, cold iron shears are made of a single piece of curved metal; two sharp blades joined by a taut half-ring that allows the blades to spring open after being squeezed together. Etchings in the blades depict the face of a hideous hag.
Once per day, as a standard action, the bearer can use the shears to cut a lock of her hair and have it regrow on a living creature within 100 feet not already under this effect (DC 16 Will save negates).
When cutting her hair, the bearer may take 1d3 points of Charisma damage to use the shears an additional time per day (up to a total of five uses per day).
By concentrating (up to 11 rounds), as long as the target remains within 100 feet and line of sight, the hair can be manipulated as dexterously as a human hand allowing it to manipulate items on the target or to attack the target (only) as strangling hair, but using the bearer's character level and Intelligence modifier (regardless of class). Additionally, when the hair succeeds on a grapple check, it can blind, deafen or strangle the target for 1 round; a strangled target cannot speak or cast spells with verbal components.
If the bearer has some of the target's hair, the target takes a -2 penalty on its Will save to resist the shears. If the hair was cut with the shears, the penalty is doubled.
Finally, a witch has a supernatural link to creatures whose hair she possesses and collected with the shears, gaining the benefits of the scar hex.
James Risner wrote:
I can't say if there are more than 502 items, but assuming that each item had an equal (or near equal) chance to appear since the cull, 502 is the minimum. I have independently validated the 502 list more than once from my own list of votes.
I may not make Champion Voter, but at least I made a solid 3000+ run at it!
Today I added one more item that wasn't on the current list. Hopefully, that gives someone renewed hope.
Also, I'm pretty sure based on probability that a couple of the items in the list are either pre-Cull or an error and that the final list is (or is only slightly above) 502 items items. I had close to this number last week, but then we had a dump of pre-cull items that made things fun :)
Finally, just to verify the list, I've gathered the full text of each item since this weekend--well, at least 498 of them. Hopefully, I can get the last few before voting closes today or else I'll pick them up when they appear in the "Critique my Item" thread in a couple of weeks.
Thanks again to Scarletrose for getting the DB started and to everyone who put in their time to make it better.
Less than 7 hours to go!
Thanks for the effort. I considered doing something like this, but I somehow felt that it might run afoul of DQ. Plus I just assumed Paizo owned all these item names as part of the submission to the contest.
It seems to me that part of the voting mechanism is to have entrants keep voting until they see their item ;) At least that's how I made Marathon voter!
I'll tell you a secret. You can adjust on the fly. Start out with 2-3 goblins and if your party plows through them, have 1 or 2 more spring out. If things go rough for the party forget the addition.
No matter how any designer or DM tries, no encounter plan is going to be "perfect". Eventually you'll get an idea of what your players and their PCs can and can't handle. You'll also have a sense of dramatic flow. I mean, do you really want the party to be wiped out in their first session, in the first 10 minutes because of encounter design or bad dice rolls. While some people may say that
Rarely, I mean rarely, you may have the PCs be dramatically rescued by the arrival of an NPC or an unexpected retreat by the bad guys, but if the PCs were the ones who got themselves into trouble (maybe by calling the Prince a loud-mouth) and not just ambushed by surprised, don't pull any punches!
I'm not saying to always do this, just keep it mind.
Congrats Orthos. I think the limiting factor for me was that most of my higher level ideas, perhaps due to the creatures having more abilities, used up more of the word count. Nice job on pulling a higher level encounter off.
1) mkenner is correct
2) A target with Knowledge: Arcana can attempt a check with a DC equal to 25 + Spell Level to identify the spell that just targeted it.
However, this may not identify the source, unless the spell came from a spellcaster who was near enough thtat the target may have seen movement from a Somatic component or heard the Verbal components of the spell being cast.
Check out treasure info here.
Depending on the creatures involved, there may or may not be any treasure.
Each creature has a Treasure rating, something like: None, Half, Standard, Double, Triple, etc. This typically refers to the Medium progression column of the Treasure Values per Encounter Table.
Example: If your group fought a CR 5 troll which has "Treasure: Standard", you would look up an Average Party Level of 5 and find 1,550 gp.
So as a DM, you could build a reward worth rougly 1,550 gp. Since some of your encounters might have no treasure, you can decide to put a little more (or less) in a given encounter.
Also, as a DM, if the creature is intelligent and some of the treasure is magic gear, I make sure that the creature uses it.
If the Troll's treasure rating was Double, then the treasure amount would be 2 x 1,550 gp = 3,100 gp.
The table, "Wealth by Level", provides a guideline for an approximate total of wealth an individual PC should have when they reach a certain level. So for instance, it is recommended that a 2nd level PC have about 1,000gp of wealth--however, this is wholly within your control as DM.
You can get a good idea of what's covered in the Beginner Box (including levels) here.
For kids, it more important to have fun and use their imaginations, so don't worry too much about the rules--make them up as you go along.
You can get a lot of variety out of the Beginner Box, even through 5th level by mixing up the challenges and rewards.
Then as Rot Grub suggested there are ways to expand the BB by bringing in the freely available Core components.
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