You now don't have to read every single spell that does the exact same as every other spell multiple times to make sure it actually does the exact same. That means you don't have to learn whether each spell does something outside the ordinary because if it does it will have entries for that and if it doesn't it won't.
What's clearer for you: "this spell does half a thing on a successful save, no things on a crit save, a whole thing on a failed save and double the things on a crit failed save" or "this spell works like Fireball but it's cold damage"? Or put another way: Would you like to have a table for each spell explicitly stating whatever it doesn't do alongside whatever it does?
I do like the idea, but I don't like the "depending on their basic reflex saves" phrase because it implies it's a property of the save or that there's a different way to do saves for other spells, rather than being a property or effect of the spell.
I'd go for explaining what the four degrees of success mean for most damaging spells, giving that rule a name or an easy way to reference it, and then referencing that rule when necessary. You could even go as far as making it into a trait, but it might be too much.
Maybe something like:
Saving throws against damaging spells:
And then in the Fireball Entry:
I added "base" there so there would be less ambiguity as to which damage is modified by what, but I might very well have introduced new ambiguity. In any case, that was only a mockup, to convey more properly what I was thinking of.
I hope you keep the negative stereotypes because just by giving them you're already giving the player (especially a new player) a ground to start subverting them if they want, but to avoid these problems other people are seeing label them clearly as "negative stereotypes about your class" and not just "others will assume this". You could also add a couple ways to subvert these stereotypes too, while you're at that, I guess. Or at least make it clear those (both the negative and positive) are just stereotypes, not what you're supposed to be.
I'm not seeing the problem myself, to be honest, but judging by the amount of people talking about them, their presentation could use a few modifications.
Dire Ursus wrote:
I see your point and correct my assertion: The only relevant points of discussion should be balance and game mechanics.
Mostly: don't bring things from outside the game into this.
In any case, what you say looks cool but I prefer the boring but practical way for this, to be honest. In my case I don't want to make high DEX a special thing, I just want to be able to shank things without high STR.
It's not. You're not forced to pick only order-appropriate features and all your order does is give you a head start and an exclusive bonus on the particular feature you're most interested in at level 1. Nothing is stopping a Druid of the Wild to pick every other class feat dedicated to plant stuff.
I'm not sure what I think about how DEX to damage should work under PF2 rules. All I know is that DEX to damage should be an option for the sake of builds that want or need it, and that it should be conditional or require investment and not just free for all (since it messes with the balance of character abilities).
Last, but not least, we should avoid basing any argument for/against DEX to damage on being a realistic simulation of anything and focus on the balance aspect of it. Why? Because AC throws any possible realism regarding "hitting thing with other things" out the window. There it goes. Dammit AC, stop it.
So, that said, I'm gonna tackle this one post I'm quoting not because I think I'll add anything useful to the discussion (other than that "don't invoke realism" bit) but because my inner pedantic nerd requires me to, I'm sorry and I bear you all no ill will.
I'm kind of okay with rapiers being *the* dex and str weapon, to be honest... just because these are four-foot long blades with an offense based on lunging and punching through whatever you're pointing at. Noodly armed folks need not apply. Pure dex folks should stick to daggers and kukri and the like.
I have used a rapier and, trust me, you don't need more than the bare minimum strength to use it. And regarding daggers, STR would be more important when using daggers than when using rapiers, precisely because the length of the rapier adds a lot of force to your swings, while a dagger doesn't have that benefit and relies only on how fast your muscles are and how much explosive force they can deliver. In fact, it's easier to use strength with a dagger than it is to use with a rapier, since the rapier's blade will probably bend (they're VERY bendy) if it hits resistance, diverting your force, where the dagger's blade should be sturdier and apply a higher percentage of your strength to the resisting object.
I mean, using a rapier for a while strains your arm, sure, but under PF rules that's CON, not STR anyways. The problem with your arms becoming tired is not that you can't swing them with enough force, it's that you proggressively lose control of the finer adjustments to your motor functions and as such it's harder to hit people with the pointy end. And the same goes for most bladed weapons, actually, since they require more finesse than raw strength; you barely need to put any force into the swing as long as the blade is properly sharpened and you hit the proper spot.
And it's over, sorry about the rant.
TL;DR: Arguments regarding realism don't have a place in the discussion because the AC system is already too much of an abstraction to allow any sort of realism and because the weapon system is already wrong about the basic mechanics of hurting stuff with a weapon anyways, so anything trying to apply realism while still based on that is going to fall flat sooner or later. The only relevant point of discussion should be balance.
So, I have a question: Does Goodberry (the spell in spell lists) still exist? Is it going to be exclusive to Leaf druids? Or is it a spell any druid can prepare but Leaf druids can cast it using spell points, or extra times per day, or with better effects?
It would feel weird that a spell that some consider to be a core Druid feature became exclusive to a particular kind of Druids, but on the other hand it would also feel weird that the first level power/feat/whatever of the Leaf order was just "you can make more berries than that one druid who can electrocute their enemies to death".
Overall impressed with the druid. Always liked Druids as a concept but never got to play one neither in 3.5 or PF. Mostly because the thing I liked the most about them was the shapeshifting and it didn't come into play until they leveled up a little (I like combat shapeshifters a lot and I want my characters to have what I consider their core or unique abilities at least in a very basic form at first level, as it helps me coming up with a core for a backstory). Now I can do a level 1 guy who mauls their enemies with shapeshifted claws! That's good. Even if the Storm Order looks pretty awesome too.
an illusion that can only be seen by the caster, just came across as mostly just skeevy
Hey, that's your own fault. I for one would have my life improved vastly if I could project my own Heads-up Display that I could modify with my mind.Of course, there's not much use for it in a game with no visual interface. Anything I can come up with would be above cantrip power level.
EDIT: I mean, you could use it so you wouldn't forget about things but in game terms it would be either irrelevant (since your character is supposed to remember the stuff it should remember) or maybe too useful under certain circumstances since you could just project something important before someone tries to erase your memories of it, for example. It wouldn't be much different from keeping a diary about the stuff you want to remember but it would be a diary nobody else could interact with or take away from you.
This is what I get for mostly reading blog post's comments through the dev's comments RSS feed.
Well, it depends. Is any needle good enough? Or do you need a specific needle?
I haven't commented much about the blog post itself but I don't find there's much to comment about it. I welcome any and all tools that make the GM's job easier (particularly since the playtest is going to be my first experience as a GM and I'm not exactly confident about my GMing abilities)
I've heard of this new thing called computer games...
Captain Morgan wrote:
Heh, it hadn't even occurred to me that pounds would be less than ideal to much of the world anyway.
This is late but I think there's a very important point to be made here: Remember that most of the world doesn't use the Imperial System anyways so an encumbrance system based on pounds is just as abstract for us as a Bulk/Light/whatchamacallit is for you guys.
When my group does care about weight or distance (in non-5-foot-square-tile-metrics) we just sit there looking confused for a while and spouting random numbers until someone whips up a converter app on their phones. I know 6 feet is roughly 2 meters and that you can do the conversion back by using multiples of 3, 2 and 10 in some way (something like 6x meters being in the ballpark of 20x feet? We only need this for large distances most of the time and I'm probably wrong, who cares) but it's not knowledge I use nearly enough to become an automated process. And don't get me started on how much it took me to know how much potions actually weigh. And I just forgot it again in a week so my GM and I pulled an abstraction out of our backsides just so we didn't have to care about it and now I'm running around crafting bottled magic with a conspicuously convenient weight that might or might not be higher than it should.
So what I mean is that, man, if you're going to publish a game that uses encumbrance as a balancing factor, and it's going to be enigmatic as hell for 75% of the world's population, just go all the way and make it enigmatic for everyone.
So all this talk about the bard and the occult and their relationship has reminded me of a certain book where a troupe of traveling performers are slain because their leader composes a piece that's a little too truthful about some demons who are supposed to be a mere fairytale, and said demons don't want the truth to be known.
The occult theme may not fit with the kind of bard that's just a street performer or a mere sweet talker with a lute, but that's not all a bard is. The occult does fit, in my mind, with the idea of an adventuring bard. The kind of bard that goes around the country getting little snippets of obscure folklore to add to their performances and stories, the guy who tells scary stories from some other land when everyone's sitting around the campfire and manages to make them just terrifying and, what's worse: very plausible. The guy who knows how the ten people who live in a remote village, just a couple days worth of walking south of here, where you can hear unsettling laughs coming from the nearby willows at nights when there's no moon, deal with their particular brand of supernatural creatures.
And that has made me, for the first time ever, consider playing a bard.
Yeah, this has me kinda worried and I don't have any accessibility issues. It's just, icons have to be learned and are harder to read if found in the middle of sentences. The only advantages they have (especially in this case where they replace single, short words) are for printing and formatting.
On the flip side, what we're getting in the blogs looks like it's being copypasted from the documents, and in the blogs we get [[A]] and [[R]], not symbols, so I'd assume that it's going to stay like this in PDFs (with an icon overlaid on top)? Maybe it's wishful thinking, though.
N N 959 wrote:
If it's literally undetectable and it's not widely available, how can it be so widely known that not only the average person fears it but also the upper classes are able to spend money developing countermeasures to it?
Also, who's to say, since this kind of mind control is impossible to detect, that what happens every time anyone tries to develop a protective nation-wide anti-mind-control system, whatever god or supernatural being who reigns over mind control magic (or who just wants people to be able to cast Detect Magic in markets withouth the guards being thrown at them) doesn't just mind control that person and makes them forget the idea forever?
Why do you think mobs of villagers are always armed with pitchforks and torches? That in almost every story where a commoner has a sword, they used to be a soldier?
Economics, mostly. Swords are expensive.
Also, it's easier to gut someone without hurting yourself with short spike of sharp metal attached to a 5 foot pole than with a 5 foot piece of sharp metal attached to a short handle. So stuff like pitchforks are useful improvised weapons for people without proper sword training.
Torches are on fire, which is very dangerous, that makes anyone you're confronting instantly afraid of catching fire.
Besides that, any farmer will have a torch or a pitchfork lying around, which makes getting one fairly trivial as opposed to the same farmer finding an actual sword.
And besides all of that, yeah, there's also the fact that at some points in history, when economics were favorable to commoners and they could afford actual weapons, weapon control laws were created.
The biggest factor here is availability. Would literally undetectable magic more easily available to everyone in Golarion than, say, short swords? I seriously doubt so.
I think you're missing my point - if the CRB wasn't a 'book' to be referenced by page number, and was instead a document (or series of documents) referenced by chapter, section, subsection, etc, than the issue of changes taking up more or less space is no longer a concern
You can already do that, but page number is a faster and more efficient way to search, when it exists, because it's content-independent. I mean, it isn't a book because it's "to be referenced by page number"; referencing by page number is possible because it's a book, not the other way around.The issue of changes taking up more or less space is related to print formatting, yeah, but unless the "original document" in which the rules are written becomes a hypertext database (such as the PRD) and drops any similarity with printed media the problem will still exist.
And, still, for the sake of clarity and usability, space and/or bloat issues are going to be present anyways.
Nah, just from evil sources. The wording isn’t great, but there’s an FAQ to clarify that, yes, Protection from Evil only protects you from evil.
Jesus christ, I wish my brain stopped doing this thing where it just doesn't acknowledge the last sentence in a paragraph.Thanks for pointing that out. I've read that description around 20 times last week from various sources and never even realized there was a sentence after "This spell does not expel a controlling life force (such as a ghost or spellcaster using magic jar), but it does prevent them from controlling the target.". If I didn't know it was impossible I'd swear you just went and added it to d20pfsrd, paizo's prd, my pdfs and printed copies of the CRB.
Indeed, I'd expect such a motivation to be common if such abuses are (I wouldn't expect such abuses to be that common, but if they were people arising to combat them seems very likely).
Especially for clerics of good deities who are against people doing evil stuff.
Honestly, what I'd find rather weird would be that, with mind control allegedly being so prevalent, law forces didn't literally require their personnel, or part of it, to be trained as spellcasters (mostly clerics, as you can build a temple to a deity in pretty much anywhere) to counter/investigate it properly.
It's easier to find a house equipped with a security system than someone wanting to rob that particular house.
In my group in PF 1st ed we just homebrewed that drawing the potion is part of the "bigger" action of drinking it much like drawing a weapon can be part of a move action if you have at least +1 BAB. So basically not an action I guess? We just assume the characters don't stow the potions in some ignote corner of their backpacks and carry them somewhere easily reachable instead, in the same way they don't have to search for their weapons if they wanna draw them or the Alchemist doesn't have to search for an extract before drinking it.
Captain Morgan wrote:
Potions are also just about all spells in a can, so it makes a certain amount of sense for taking one to be balanced like casting a spell.
Currently they're even worse than spells in that regard. Most spells are standard actions, so you can still move or do a move action. If retrieving a potion is a move action that requires a free hand and drinking it is a standard action, drinking a single potion takes your whole turn and triggers two attacks of opportunity. It's not like there's many upsides to potions that all of this is counter-balancing anyways. Potions are already limited to 3rd level or lower, need time and money to be crafted, have a single use (unless it's an Alchemist with Alchemical Allocation) and even lose targets (if the spell had multiple targets), letting someone drink one and then do a move action in the same turn is not gonna break anything.
So under second edition rules I think retrieving should be one action unless you are carrying them tucked in some big bag (bag of holding, etc) and have to "search" for them and drinking should be another action.
On the one hand I like just being free to set up stats and being able to abhorrently cripple myself in order to build a certain character concept, but on the other hand... PF has always looked, to me, the kind of game where the "narrative traits" of your character either grow up as you play or are mostly made up by the player since the beginning, rather than being built into it during character creation. A PF character sheet only gives you a measure of how good is your character at things, where other games have disadvantages that directly affect the rules about how your character does those things or outright create problems for you where any other character wouldn't have them. So I think I'd rather leave the option of excessive self-crippling for other systems or variant rules.
Having so many different things named Feats though...
If Dodge and Power Attack and Heighten Spell could all be Feats in first edition while doing vastly different things why is it a problem that "class unlocks" are called feats now? Especially since now you're also choosing from a list much in the same way as you did with Feats.
realistically, you would use a shield and weapon in tandem.
Have you tried actually doing that? Fighting with a shield and a weapon at the same time? It's incredibly hard to keep track of what both of your arms are doing all the time and whether your non-dominant arm is correctly positioned to defend you when you're probably also going to need it to counter-balance your weapon swings. So, yeah, readying a shield to block takes an actual moment of concentration and affects the rest of your actions.That can be overcome with training, sure, and there's confirmation (In the gearing up blog thread IIRC) that feats exist that allow you to both raise your shield and block with it as a single reaction instead of having to use an action to raise and a reaction to block. So you're looking to fix something that's already fixed.
EDIT: My point is that the baseline for "proficient shield user" is not equal to "expert shield user", as it is in first edition more or less. Someone can know how to properly use a shield to block (it's not as easy as it sounds) and still not be able to seamlessly use a shield during a fight. I like the granularity offered by the new shield mechanics.
This scenario you describe makes no sense in pathfinder. Hitting someone with a sap can't kill them unless you make a conscious effort to do so, that's a fact. A Paladin with a sap won't kill anyone unless the Paladin wants to kill them.In the real world, yeah, a sap can kill and thus "hitting someone in the head with a sap until they're unconscious" is not an example of fighting non-lethally because, as you describe, it's reasonable to expect to kill someone that way. In that case, fighting non-lethally would be hitting them in their arms or legs where the damage you caused couldn't be life-threatening under normal circumstances.
I mean, you just used an example of applying lethal force. That's exactly the opposite of what I asked about.
Also, I was using the proposed dictionary definiton of murder where murder has to be "premeditated" and "unlawful". I'm not using the current legal definition of "murder" (and never was), partly because I'm no lawyer, but mostly because we're not talking about current law and it's pretty obvious that the rules aren't either, in the same way that I'm not using the programming definition of "kill" because we're not talking about programming and the rules aren't either.
But which spells are these and how do I tell them apart?
Ones will be in one (or more?) of the new four "major" spell lists (Divine, Arcane, something or other and whatchamacallit). The others will (likely) be described alongside the respective class or alongside the feature that grants access to them. In any case, that's just an editing/formatting issue, not a rules one. As far as the rules go, they're both Spells.
Would it be safe to assume that the spells for partial casters all got changed to the new spells that take points instead of slots?
I'd bet on yes. If part of the reason of revamping magic and spells was to help increase the mechanical and gameplay distinctions between different casters I'd expect stuff like Bards and Rangers to use Spell Points rather than Spell Slots.I could even picture Spell Points being the "Spontaneous Casting" resource and Spell Slots being the "Prepared Casting" resource so a Sorcerer wouldn't even have Spell Slots but rather a large pool of Spell Points with higher level spells draining more points than lower level spells, but that'd raise some issues and I'm just speculating anyways so disregard that.
Lay on Hands is now one of these, is Divine Grace tied to the same pool?
Divine Grace is a Reaction. It's not, as far as we know, a spell in any form.
What does smite do?
We don't know.
The second question is how metamagic stacks up for PF2 vs PF1. Since you apply it when a spell is cast now instead of during preparation we can assume it won't raise the spell level, but if that's the case we have reason to believe they may have other limiting factors (less per day, less stacking, etc) which would further complicate the math.
If I remember correctly, metamagic doesn't affect the level but it does affect the number of actions it takes to cast it. So unless designers confirm you can increase a spell's casting time over 3 actions (finishing it next round, or the round after that if it takes more than 6), that'd leave a maximum of 2 metamagic feats on a spell.With the new action system, allowing to extend the casting time beyond your turn is trivial and there's no reason to believe it won't be possible (since full round casting time spells are a thing in first edition and you could just start casting a 10 min casting time spell mid fight if you felt like it, too), but I'd prefer to err on the side of caution.
I personally would like to be able to say "okay, this is going to be the mother of all fireballs, it's coming down in five rounds, come on guys cover me" and then go to the supermarket for snacks or something while your fellow players actually fight. It somehow fits with my mental image of Wizards.
I am liking pretty much everything except little snippets that I'm not sure how to feel about for which I really just need more context.
A few things I particularly like are:
Making actions simpler to grasp but allowing for a bigger amount of choices in their use.
I can't think of anything else right now, but I'm sure there's more stuff.
EDIT: Oh, I love the simplification of all the different and independent "number progression" systems such as AC, Saves, DC, BAB, CMB and that stuff and unification of their growth under Proficiencies. Will hopefully save a lot of space in sheets or at the very least it will definitely help a lot when editing your sheet after leveling up.
Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
How did it change? And how would it be murder if the paladin is actively trying not to kill?
The ionics are already in the Core Rulebook in the splash pages at the beginning of every chapter of the Core Rulebook
Yeah, this is what I was going to say. They already are there, maybe it's not the most noticeable thing, but it's also the lest obtrusive way.
Other than that, I agree with Mathmuse's entire post and particularly the thing about using them for examples of roleplaying or mechanics, it just doesn't mean anything whether they're the iconics or "Jimmy the stable boy who became a rogue" in these cases.
If what you're excited about is three attacks per round, then you don't get it and you never will. It's not about numbers. It's never been about numbers.
It's, in fact, pretty telling that "universal system improvements that affect everyone" such as everyone having more actions per turn and being able to actively defend yourself look "exciting" for martials while "specific changes that only affect magic but change it radically" such as rituals, universal built-in heightening, ability to adapt spells on the fly by using more or less actions and automatic scaling for many cantrips are deemed as "boring" and "not enough" for mages.
It speaks volumes about how wild the difference is between what people think of martials and casters and where the baseline is set for each of them.
More a situation of moral innocence rather than legal innocence
BUT is there anyone truly innocent in the world? "Let the one who is without sin throw the first stone". These children might have at some point tugged on a cat's tail, thus causing harm to another living being for their own amusement, isn't that the epitome of all evil? How could a Paladin act, knowing not whether this moral quandary has a proper solution?
(That's sarcasm by the way)
Jason S wrote:
(I want them to make sorceror significantly DIFFERENT from wizard, not just a spontenously casting wizard).
Oh, I thought I was alone in this.
Tough, to be fair, I'd also like for Wizard to be something more than just being "the class which casts the most spells" and have some identity or unique mechanics to it, so when the eventual myriad of other spellcasters appear in supplements there's something that sets Wizard apart from them besides sheer volume of spells.
Back on the original question: I'd like Gunslingers to be core if they managed to set them up in a way that weren't at odds with the established sword-and-magic fantasy mythos and imagery and guns were actually well implemented this time around. Maybe something like making them experts at ranged combat with bows or crossbows and call them sharpshooters or whatever to just avoid guns while keeping the playstyle? It wouldn't be the same though.
Still, even if the sharpshooter idea was doable, it seems like something that wouldn't really work as a core class and more like supplemental stuff.
Since, we're talking about PF2, they probably don't. At least not until ultimate equipment.
Blunt arrows were in Advanced Player's Guide (and also there was an arrow trap doing nonlethal damage using blunt arrows in the very first Adventure written for Pathfinder). Maybe they don't exist in PF2 first edition, but then again maybe there are rules for nonlethal ranged combat without specific ammo in PF2 first edition, so that's not a point.
In any case, resorting to outright killing the bandits then and there is still a conscious decision that can be avoided without outright ignoring the whole situation.
You can warn them and give them a chance to surrender and, if they don't, you can try to engage them in melee combat to knock them unconscious or use your divine powers (if you have any) to restrain them. If that doesn't work because you can't reach them, then you just proved that actions couldn't possibly have prevented the harm they did and you're covered by your Code. But even then, if that's not enough for your Paladin, you could later try to find their hideout to recover what they stole and bring them to justice. Or contact the local authorities and offer your help regarding the case.
I don't see why a Paladin would go "welp, they're fleeing and I'm slow, gotta kill them"
DM Livgin wrote:
F: Paladin Player believes the act is not murder. The GM does.
Once you bring the "GM has absolute authority and is evil" argument into the table then there's nothing anyone can do. The GM has absolute authority after all, so no rule written in the book will stop them from being evil.
And I'm assuming he's evil because if that's not the case there's no way they wouldn't either be open to discussion, give you warning beforehand or give you a second chance to redeem yourself without making you immediately fall for making a bad decision once.
Bring euthanasia into it just furthers my point that "murder" is a problem.
You were the one to bring euthanasia into it. I just used the word. I could say "once you decide letting them live is torture killing them stops being unlawful (under your beliefs) and thus stops being murder" but would be harder to parse. As I said, "mercy killing" has been a thing forever and it hasn't been lumped with murder until relatively recently.
There are too many cases were murder isn't murder, but is still murder.
No there aren't. Murder is murder and has prerequisites. Take away "unlawful" or "premeditated" and it stops being murder.
On the other hand, lawyers make a living out of this so of course there's room for interpretation. Then again, once the jury rules whether it was murder or not, then that's what it was.
But I still fail to see a situation where it would be relevant in the course of a game unless it was a specifically and cautiously engineered scene to make the Paladin player fall, and that isn't any fault of the wording.
I just wrote it down from memory. It still is the very same tenet, so the rest of my argument applies:
That tenet is further down the list
First tenet is:"Willingly commit an evil act, such as torture, murder or casting an evil spell".
Torture and murder are equal in the hierarchy. I just picked parts of the lower tener to reinforce my point.
Also, at the point it becomes euthanasia it stops being murder. Granted, local laws disagree, but not doing it would still count as an evil act (because it would be torture under your pretenses) and not doing it would mean violating a higher priority tenet to uphold a lower priority one.
Still, "mercy killing" is a way older concept older than the laws that ban euthanasia and has been accepted forever even if it's illegal to do so nowadays, so trying to bring XXI century laws and definitions (that come from a moral starting point centered on specific religious beliefs that don't even exist in the same form in Pathfinder) into the game is a big stretch.