Age of Darkness

Game Master Mothman

It is an age of darkness ...

A homebrew Pathfinder campaign.


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STILL working on Nicholai. ;P

Took 'Focused Mind' & Suspicious' as Traits.

Spoiler:
-Focused Mind: +2 to Concentration Checks (Magic) [Concentration check is +11]
-Suspicious: +1 to Sense Motive Checks, Sense Motive is always a Class Skill (Social)

Took to help with Concentration checks, (Since Concentration is now a PAIN and not a skill we can put points into!) And Suspicious adds sense motive to my Class skill list, makes sense with Nicholai being a 'people person'. ;P

Still trying to decide whether or not to keep Sudden Still (useful, but never used yet), Considering taking Combat Caster or Craft Wondrous Item instead.

Spoiler:
In 3.5 there was a specific use of Spellcraft (or was it Use Magic Device?) that allowed a crafter to use (one of) the skill(s) to replace any prerequisite that he did not meet. (Example; An Amulet of Protection /Evil even if you did not have Prot/Evil learned) But now all I see is; Under Spellcraft,"if you do not meet a prerequisite, you can still make the item but add +5 to the DC of creation" (paraphrased)

Thinking about making Nicholai a magic knick-knack maker?!? Not magic swords or armor, but Amulets of Prot/Evil, Gloves of Bull's Strength, Cat's Boots, etc. He could make with time, money and materials. WHat are your thoughts on this DM? You are obviously not running a 'MOnty Haul' Campaign, (Which is PERFECTLY fine btw! I rather enjoy having to work for our toys!) But I don't want to go dropping a lot of magic items into your balanced world if it's going to mess things up!

Ok, enough rambling for tonight.
I'm off to go fix my spell list now!


Male Impoverished Student 2/Amateur Chef 3

Mothman

Spoiler:
That sounds like a reasonable course of events. About how close are they to said village?
I will try to get that done by Tuesday at some point. I'm in the process of moving, so my access to the internet when I'm off campus is a bit sketchy.

Liberty's Edge

Male Mothman Expert 5

Rags those traits look fine. The change to item creation / spellcraft, yeah, that is how I understand it (adds to DC, you don’t need to substitute another skill or anything, although in some cases you CAN use another skill rather than spellcraft).

You can go the item creation route, that is cool. Of course, up until (and possibly including) this point you have either been on a timer (real or imagined) and / or being chased, leaving little downtime (or a home base) for item creation. You will probably need to make an effort to make the time and devote the resources to create items, but it is not impossible. We’re not on an adventure path where you must do certain things in a certain order to a certain time frame. Although you have been caught up in events somewhat beyond your control, it is really you who are driving events (if you decide to head off the beaten track and do something completely unrelated to what you have been doing so far, that is up to you!)

I don’t have an issue with you creating magical items. Yes, this is / has been a deliberately low magic campaign simply because there is really very few people out there (on this continent at least) churning out magical items – a side effect of there being very few spell-casters of any significant level. I don’t intend to nerf a perfectly valid option for you to create magical items ... its just finding the time that might prove a challenge.


Male Human Fighter / 3
All DMs are evil wrote:

Swashbuckler:

** spoiler omitted **

Thanks for the info ADMAE, thats the route im planning to take. Did the same book happen to have the info on what the rouge talents they recommend for swashbukleres are? They dont seem to be in the players, except for weapon training.

Liberty's Edge

Male Mothman Expert 5
Brashen Trell wrote:
All DMs are evil wrote:

Swashbuckler:

** spoiler omitted **
Thanks for the info ADMAE, thats the route im planning to take. Did the same book happen to have the info on what the rouge talents they recommend for swashbukleres are? They dont seem to be in the players, except for weapon training.

Yeah, they are probably from the Advanced Players Guide too rather than the Core Rulebook. Combat Trick and Finesse Rogue are probably good ones for a swashbuckler – I mean they essentially are bonus feats, but feats are certainly useful for a combat based rogues. Other good talents for a combat based rogue include bleeding attack, resiliency and surprise attack.


Male Human Fighter / 3
Mothman wrote:
Brashen Trell wrote:
All DMs are evil wrote:

Swashbuckler:

** spoiler omitted **
Thanks for the info ADMAE, thats the route im planning to take. Did the same book happen to have the info on what the rouge talents they recommend for swashbukleres are? They dont seem to be in the players, except for weapon training.
Yeah, they are probably from the Advanced Players Guide too rather than the Core Rulebook. Combat Trick and Finesse Rogue are probably good ones for a swashbuckler – I mean they essentially are bonus feats, but feats are certainly useful for a combat based rogues. Other good talents for a combat based rogue include bleeding attack, resiliency and surprise attack.

Yes have taken finess rouge and thought those others you've mentioned could all be quite good too, was just wondering what the other ones might do


Mothman wrote:

Rags those traits look fine. (etc,...) its just finding the time that might prove a challenge.

True, and with Nicholai's character the way he was originally portrayed, and the way I've been heading him, it may be a bit of a justification jump to 'suddenly' make a ladies man who is one touch shy of a con man into a dedicated magic-item-maker. (I just wanted an excuse to get some mileage out of UMD, a skill I have always thought as under appreciated!) ;)

The down time can be overcome, the rules allow for creation while traveling, but '4 hours' each day (taken at meal times, just before bed, etc.) only nets you '2 hours' of creation time. So I could still create, it would just take a long time for expensive items. THAT I think would be the real drawback/control rod to prevent abuse. We have found a few things in the tomb, but as adventurers we are hardly rolling in dough! And making magic items is cheaper than buying them, but still expensive! ;)

TO be honest I like the idea, I'm just not sure it fits with his character. (I'm still waffling, if you hadn't noticed) ;P

Spells, I have them done. With the extra spells I gained with the new lvl I re-took Prot/Evil, (So 1st lvl choices remain the same) and gained Bless as a Bonus spell. For 2nd lvl I lost Daylight (previously a bonus spell, never used) and gained Resist Energy as a bonus.
The only thing I would like you to approve is "Raiment of Command" You can find it HERE at D20PFSRD It was originally found in PF#5, 'Sins of the Saviors'.
It's not the most powerful or even most useful choice of spell, but it fits with his personality AND his growing bloodline powers!


Nicolai:

What are you going to do about Wijkai? Only Arcane blood line sorcerers get access to arcane bond, which is what a familiar is these days.

Brashen Trell:

Spoiler:
Swashbuckler:

Rogue Talents: The following rogue talents complement the swashbuckler archetype: offensive defense, positioning attack, powerful sneak, and weapon training*.

Offensive Defense** (Ex): When a rogue with this talent hits a creature with a melee attack that deals sneak attack damage, the rogue gains a +1 circumstance bonus to AC against that creature for 1 round.

Positioning Attack (Ex): Once per day, when a rogue with this talent hits a creature with a melee attack, she can move up to 30 feet without provoking attacks of opportunity. The movement must end in a space adjacent to the creature hit with the melee attack

Powerful Sneak** (Ex): Whenever a rogue with this talent takes a full attack action, she can elect to take a –2 penalty on all attack rolls until the start of her next turn. If an attack during this time is a sneak attack, she treats all 1s on the sneak attack damage dice as 2s.

Weapon Training: A rogue that selects this talent gains Weapon Focus as a bonus feat.

Advanced Talents: The following advanced rogue talents complement the swashbuckler archetype: crippling strike*, entanglement of blades, and redirect attack.

Crippling Strike* (Ex): A rogue with this ability can sneak attack opponents with such precision that her blows weaken and hamper them. An opponent damaged by one of her sneak attacks also takes 2 points of Strength damage.

Entanglement of Blades** (Ex): When a rogue with this talent hits a creature with a melee attack that deals sneak attack damage, the target cannot take a 5-foot step until the beginning of the rogue’s next turn.

Redirect Attack (Ex): Once per day, when a rogue with this talent is hit with a melee attack, she can redirect the attack to strike at an adjacent creature with a free action. The creature targeted must be within melee reach of the attack that hit the rogue, and the creature that made the attack against the rogue must make a new attack roll against the new target.


All DMs are evil wrote:

Nicolai:

What are you going to do about Wijkai? Only Arcane blood line sorcerers get access to arcane bond, which is what a familiar is these days.

I'm taking 'Find Familiar/Arcane Bond' as a Feat (something that can also be done in the gestalt character options in 3.5E)

I think that our beloved DM has signed off on this as ok, even though it may not be 'Core rules' approved! ;P


Male Human Fighter / 3
All DMs are evil wrote:

Nicolai:

What are you going to do about Wijkai? Only Arcane blood line sorcerers get access to arcane bond, which is what a familiar is these days.

Brashen Trell:

** spoiler omitted **...

Thanks again, much appreciated

Liberty's Edge

Male Mothman Expert 5
Ragadolf wrote:


Spells, I have them done. With the extra spells I gained with the new lvl I re-took Prot/Evil, (So 1st lvl choices remain the same) and gained Bless as a Bonus spell. For 2nd lvl I lost Daylight (previously a bonus spell, never used) and gained Resist Energy as a bonus.
The only thing I would like you to approve is "Raiment of Command" You can find it HERE at D20PFSRD It was originally found in PF#5, 'Sins of the Saviors'.
It's not the most powerful or even most useful choice of spell, but it fits with his personality AND his growing bloodline powers!

Raiment of Command is fine. I’m not sure if you have Sins of the Saviors, but that spell first appears in an article about sin magic in that volume – Raiment of Command is, of course, associated with the sin of pride ;-)


Ragadolf wrote:


I'm taking 'Find Familiar/Arcane Bond' as a Feat (something that can also be done in the gestalt character options in 3.5E)

I think that our beloved DM has signed off on this as ok, even though it may not be 'Core rules' approved! ;P

Yeah its from Unearthed Arcana / the SRD, I think its from the generic character thing rather than gestalt.

It's a powerful feat - essentially for the cost of a feat you get a not-too-shabby class ability which, amongst other benefits, basically grants you a feat (Alertness). But both the celestial bloodline and the familiar are pretty integral parts of Nicolai's character, so I'm allowing it.

Liberty's Edge

Male Mothman Expert 5

Arctaris:

Spoiler:
In play by post, who knows how long it will take them? Once they resolve the current scene, they should get to the cabin without any trouble, the village is very close to the cabin, but if and when they will choose to move on there I can’t really say. I’d say we’re looking at any time from a couple of days to mid next week.


Mothman wrote:


Raiment of Command is fine. I’m not sure if you have Sins of the Saviors, but that spell first appears in an article about sin magic in that volume – Raiment of Command is, of course, associated with the sin of pride ;-)

Oh goodie! It's perfect! heheheh,...

Yeah, I have all of the PF series so far. (I may have to give up that addiction, as I haven't gotten to read half of them yet, or play any of them! At least not to completion,...) ;P


Male Impoverished Student 2/Amateur Chef 3

Mothman

Spoiler:
Alright, I'll lurk on the thread until you let me know you're ready. In the meantime I'll work on my background and description.


Male Human - Karandic Druid/4
Mothman wrote:

You’ll get a +2 to any one ability score, and favoured class bonus (hit points or skill points). You’ll need to rebuild your skills.

Feats are probably all ok, Toughness has improved in Pathfinder. Quick Reconnoiter is not in Pathfinder, but no reason you couldn’t use it as it is as far as I can see.

Hey Moth, finished converting Laithe over if you want to check it out? In short:

-- Kept the Shapeshift ability as is
-- Assigned the +2 went to Strength
-- Used the Favoured Class as skill points (toughness feat gave extra hp anyway)
-- Converted Quick Reconnoiter to the following 2 traits (assuming that's ok?): Reactionary (+2 Initiative, which was one of the bonuses of QR) and Highlander (+1 to stealth checks and stealth becomes a class skill - figured it fit ok with his Karandic background and was along a similar vein to QR)
-- Shuffled skills but essentially kept it as close as possible to what Laithe had previously)

My main concern is that as far as I can see Track is no longer an available feat (but a class ability of Rangers). Assuming you are happy for me to keep this then it would make sense (given Laithe's history in the game as a tracker). If not, let me know.

Liberty's Edge

Male Mothman Expert 5

Oh yeah, I had forgotten about that change. You no longer need the Track feat to be able to track – anyone can track using the survival skill, so the feat becomes obsolete. Rangers just get a bonus to track, as that is sort of their schtick. If you want something in the same vein, I suggest replacing your track feat with Skill Focus (survival) – that way you’ll be tracking approximately as well as (at some levels better than) a ranger of the same level.

Otherwise looks ok.

You might want to note your CMB and CMD (for human and predator forms) on your character sheet too. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, its in the combat chapter, towards the end.


Male Human Fighter / 3

Moth should be all done except for the last rogue talent


Ragadolf wrote:


Oh goodie! It's perfect! heheheh,...
Yeah, I have all of the PF series so far. (I may have to give up that addiction, as I haven't gotten to read half of them yet, or play any of them! At least not to completion,...) ;P

Some of mine are still sitting unopened.


Male Human Fighter / 3

Im probably going to be off line for a few days, so play Alton as needed


All DMs are evil wrote:
Ragadolf wrote:


Oh goodie! It's perfect! heheheh,...
Yeah, I have all of the PF series so far. (I may have to give up that addiction, as I haven't gotten to read half of them yet, or play any of them! At least not to completion,...) ;P
Some of mine are still sitting unopened.

Yeah, I understand. I love what I've read so far, but dang trying to find time to actually read anything is a pain! ;P

The Exchange

I only really have the last AP, Kingmaker. But we are playing it so it sits on the shelf waiting for another day.

By the way, so as not to worry you guys unduly but Pharris is taking a few days rest while I decide what to convert her too. Too much choice.

Cheers


Male Human Scribe/4
Mothman wrote:

Oh yeah, I had forgotten about that change. You no longer need the Track feat to be able to track – anyone can track using the survival skill, so the feat becomes obsolete. Rangers just get a bonus to track, as that is sort of their schtick. If you want something in the same vein, I suggest replacing your track feat with Skill Focus (survival) – that way you’ll be tracking approximately as well as (at some levels better than) a ranger of the same level.

Otherwise looks ok.

You might want to note your CMB and CMD (for human and predator forms) on your character sheet too. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, its in the combat chapter, towards the end.

Cool - I've taken the Skill focus feat for survival, and added the CMB & CMD scores to my stats.

Liberty's Edge

Male Mothman Expert 5
Brashen Trell wrote:
Moth should be all done except for the last rogue talent

In regards to Alton;

It looks like you’ve yet to add your +2 for Charisma that Halflings get in PF.
Some of your skills seem out, can you check them when you get a chance? Intimidate in particular seems a bit high.
Your extra bonus to saving throws vs fear should be +3 I think, not +4 (the halfling luck bonus you have already added to your totals).
Since you will probably be two weapon fighting a fair bit, it might be worth noting your attack bonus when you are using two weapons (ie, -2 from normal)?
Not sure where the +2 to damage with your rapier is coming from.
You get to choose one additional feat OR two traits (bonus for the campaign)
I don’t think you’ve added on the extra equipment / treasure that Ash posted a couple of pages back in the discussion thread, as follows:
* 28 ancient gold coins
* 64 ancient silver coins (tarnished)
* 1 x bracelet / armband
* golden dagger sheath encrusted with semi-precious stones;
* palm box made of mother of pearl
* small metal shield (rusted) decorated with gold studs;


Female Sylvan Elf of Olidammara

Pharris is ready for inspection, should be all shipshape and Bristol-fashion.

Cheers


Moth, I'm almost done with Nicholai, (Ah, need to add the CMD stuff, thx for the reminder!) :)
He's on the home PC, I should be able to update the profile tonight.

Clarification/question.
Looking at the advancement chart, I'm seeing that we should all have 4 feats;
(1 for 1st lvl, one bonus for human, one for 3rd lvl, and one for 5th lvl)

Are you giving us a(nother) 'bonus feat or 2 traits' on top of that? Or is it that you are allowing us to trade in our human bonus feat for 2 traits?

Sorry if I'm being dense, just don't want to get all excited about taking my 4th feat if I don't get it! ;P

Thxs!

Liberty's Edge

Male Mothman Expert 5
Pharris Cophalis wrote:

Pharris is ready for inspection, should be all shipshape and Bristol-fashion.

Cheers

FW – ah, interesting to see your final choice.

I think you are short a couple of feats (and / or a feat and two traits). You have listed your first level bonus feat you get for your class, but not the general first level feat that all characters get, and not the bonus feat (or two traits) I’m allowing for this campaign.

Other than that I didn’t notice any significant issues.

Liberty's Edge

Male Mothman Expert 5
Ragadolf wrote:

Clarification/question.

Looking at the advancement chart, I'm seeing that we should all have 4 feats;
(1 for 1st lvl, one bonus for human, one for 3rd lvl, and one for 5th lvl)

That's correct (well, not all the characters are fifth level, but Nicolai is, so it's correct for him).

Ragadolf wrote:


Are you giving us a(nother) 'bonus feat or 2 traits' on top of that?

Correct.

At the start of the campaign I gave everyone an additional bonus feat on top of whatever they were entitled to. You can choose to keep this bonus feat or swap it for two traits if you prefer. It is additional to your human (or other) bonus feats.


Male Impoverished Student 2/Amateur Chef 3

I have my basic background, personality, and description in Anastasia's profile.
I believe I'm still missing either a feat or two traits, so I'll look over those and choose one that fits.

The Exchange

Mothman wrote:
Pharris Cophalis wrote:

Pharris is ready for inspection, should be all shipshape and Bristol-fashion.

Cheers

FW – ah, interesting to see your final choice.

Yes, I could go on about all the different alternatives that I looked at, especially bard and sorcerer but in the end I'd prefer Pharris to have her own niche.

Mothman wrote:

I think you are short a couple of feats (and / or a feat and two traits). You have listed your first level bonus feat you get for your class, but not the general first level feat that all characters get, and not the bonus feat (or two traits) I’m allowing for this campaign.

Other than that I didn’t notice any significant issues.

I'll look at that tonight.

Cheers

Liberty's Edge

Male Mothman Expert 5
Arctaris wrote:

I have my basic background, personality, and description in Anastasia's profile.

I believe I'm still missing either a feat or two traits, so I'll look over those and choose one that fits.

Arctaris, background and description look good ... now I just need these guys to move on so I can introduce your character ;-)

The Exchange

Pharris is updated to include her new shiny feat and bonus traits. Cheers DM


Thanks for the patience Moth (et al,...)

Was a lil' busy today trying to get my house re-financed, (-2.0% ain't nuthin to sneeze at!) BUt I'll catch up and get the re-write posted VERY soon! :)


All done,...
Almost,... ;P

Seriously, I think it's all done except I still need to pick my last feat, and add up my CMB, etc.


Male Halfling Rouge 4

Ok I fixed up those things, the save vs fear is correct though, +2 for being a halfling which stacks with the +1 for all halfling saving throws. Intimidate was wrong, the rest are correct


Nicolai and Pharris sitting in a tree, K.I.S.S.I.N.G.......


Male Human Bard 1/Ranger 1/Expert 3
All DMs are evil wrote:
Nicolai and Pharris sitting in a tree, K.I.S.S.I.N.G.......

NNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't you enjoy the romantic tension we have in this game? :-)

The Exchange

And the irony is I told Mothman at the beginning I didn't want this sort of thing to happen. but yes, I do enjoy it, even if she is largely ignorant of you mortal men. Its all just sex to her.

Cheers


French Wolf wrote:

And the irony is I told Mothman at the beginning I didn't want this sort of thing to happen. but yes, I do enjoy it, even if she is largely ignorant of you mortal men. Its all just sex to her.

Cheers

And this bothers Nicholai HOW, exactly?!? ;P


RE-Dot!
(Or, "Where oh where have my little dots gone?",...)


Male Human Bard 1/Ranger 1/Expert 3
French Wolf wrote:

And the irony is I told Mothman at the beginning I didn't want this sort of thing to happen. but yes, I do enjoy it, even if she is largely ignorant of you mortal men. Its all just sex to her.

Cheers

How can it not happen, in a party full of young men who have not been with a woman in a long while, and who may not understand the ways of elves? I think it's only normal for interest, rivalries, and jealousy to rear their ugly heads!


Male Human Bard 1/Ranger 1/Expert 3
Mothman wrote:


Arctaris, background and description look good ... now I just need these guys to move on so I can introduce your character ;-)

You should know by now that we like our role playing and character development just a little too much to want to rush things along... :-)

Sorry, Arc...


Male Impoverished Student 2/Amateur Chef 3
TwiceBorn wrote:
Mothman wrote:


Arctaris, background and description look good ... now I just need these guys to move on so I can introduce your character ;-)

You should know by now that we like our role playing and character development just a little too much to want to rush things along... :-)

Sorry, Arc...

Oh, I enjoy reading along. Reading along and planning ;-P

Liberty's Edge

Male Mothman Expert 5

Arctaris:

Spoiler:
It looks as if they will soon be visiting the village. Go ahead and have your character insert herself into the game at any likely looking point after they get there. My default will be that you are at the tavern or the church, so if I see an opportunity I will try to write you into the scene, but if you want to jump in there first, go ahead.


Male Impoverished Student 2/Amateur Chef 3

Mothman

Spoiler:
Alright, if I see a good opportunity I'll jump in. If not, I'll see where you write me in. I'm excited to start :D


Male Human Bard 1/Ranger 1/Expert 3

Just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed this game -- my first PbP, and still going strong after more than three years--both as a result of Mothman's top notch storytelling and the contributions of all the players. I have never felt any inter-player friction in this game, and love how well developed all of the characters are.

Of late, I've especially been impressed by Rag's ability to consistently craft long and descriptive posts (since day 1) that often have me laughing out loud. Nicolai feels like a real person to me. And ADMAE has also had some really great posts in the last little while (I've really enjoyed his conflict with his backpack).

And the flirtation/awkwardness between various male party members and Pharris has also been fun.

All this without ever throwing the game into detrimental in-fighting... the game always moves along smoothly!

Just wanted to give credit where credit is due... it's too easy to take such great games for granted!


Ditto. I am still enjoying this all immensely.

I really enjoy all of the characters, each one feels different and has believable characteristics.

Kajetan does hate that back pack.

Liberty's Edge

Male Mothman Expert 5

Yes, thankyou all for making this a great game, and a game that I look forward to posting in every day (well ... almost every day!). It’s hard to believe that not only has the game been going for so long, but everyone is still enthusiastic enough to take the time to make long and/or thoughtful posts and really get into the mindset of their characters. It’s fantastic to me that I have players who have stuck out the game from the beginning, others who have joined in and really gelled and become integral parts of the group, players who have rolled with picking up characters created by others and made them their own, and even one original player who had to leave but wants to re-join the game. It is great.

It has ceased to amaze me how good the medium of play by post is for roleplaying. With the guys I play RPGs with in real life (Ash and Brashen here amongst them) we’ve always been pretty into ‘roleplay’ games rather than pure hack and slash games, and everyone gets into roleplaying their characters, but you just don’t tend to get the depth of character development and moving speeches and such that you can portray in pbp (at least not without feeling silly, or slowing the game to a snail’s pace and not getting anything much done to progress the storyline in a 4 or 5 hour session). Well done all for taking advantage of this medium.

Liberty's Edge

Male Mothman Expert 5
All DMs are evil wrote:


Kajetan does hate that back pack.

It's great. See, rarely do you see anyone actually roleplay the effects of encumberance, or even below average strength or constitution for that matter.

By the way ADMAE, I noticed you've started running a pbp yourself, how is it going?


Mothman wrote:
All DMs are evil wrote:


Kajetan does hate that back pack.

It's great. See, rarely do you see anyone actually roleplay the effects of encumberance, or even below average strength or constitution for that matter.

By the way ADMAE, I noticed you've started running a pbp yourself, how is it going?

It is one of my pet hates, people ignoring dump attributes or the effects of encumbrance. I also think a low attribute defines a character as much as a high one does.

I have cheated with the pbp, I am using my brother in law and his fiancée as players. See how it goes and introduce a few of my real life players one by one. Only a week or so old, so far it seems okay, but you never know how you are as a DM unless people tell you. I aspire to be as good as you or some of the other DM's on these forums.

Which is why people, like Twiceborn has, taking time to give you feed back is always a good thing in my opinion.

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