I think it depends on why the character is in the game. I only use DMPCs if there is a gap in the party that can't be filled some other way. For example, in my current campaign I only have two players. One is playing a summoner and the other is playing a barbarian. As a result I have been running a heal-bot cleric as a DMPC. His only purpose is to heal the party and assist with undead if needed. To me this seemed like a simpler and more realistic option than having every enemy they battle drop dozens of healing potions ala any fantasy video game out there. Before the game started I explained the character's role to the players and made it clear that he was not going to be anything other than a healer. He is not involved in planning and negotiations; just healing.
I do miss the beholder but not the mindflayer. The Denizens of Leng and Psychodaemons are good substitutes for mindflayers. Though I can't think of any good substitutes for beholders in Pathfinder.
I have always seen the Denizens of Leng as more of a substitute for the githyanki than the mind flayer.
Wannabe Demon Lord wrote:
The Acheri could be a good fit. Ju-on, which was also the title of a series of Japanese movies that inspired "The Grudge" in the United States, would also work.
I don't know if anyone has mentioned Black-Eyed Kids yet or not, but if not then they really should be mentioned. They are the only monster I have seen on the show Monsters and Mysteries in America that has actually managed to make my skin crawl. And I usually watch the show at 3 in the morning.I would also like to again repeat my request for planetouched races that are part psychopomp.
I'm sorry, but we are asking for the suspension of disbelief, not calling for it to be expelled and then mugging it in a back alley and going through it's pocket for loose change. I mean, how are you planning on tripping this giant? With your leg? Your whole body is probably smaller then his Achilles's tendon. Maybe you plan to have the wizard cast fly on you and zoom around him with a rope Empire Strikes Back style? (No kidding, this actually happened in a game I was DMing. I let it work for the shear inventiveness of it.) Up root a tree and hit him in the back of the leg with it? (Actually I like that idea.) The point is that from a physical standpoint there are different mechanical requirements needed to pick something up and throw it into the sun and to trip it. Not to mention tripping a giant is probably not a good idea if you are in melee with it anyway, since unless you have a great move speed you will probably be right under it's derriere when it falls.
Because really, I have seen people who do a better job than Paizo ever has and who never got paid for it (or have their works ignored because it's 3PP), Kirth being one of them, while you are here claiming these people are a myth.
I don't recall Ciretose ever saying that talented and gifted amateurs did not exist. What I have seen him say is that, contrary to what some posters have been representing, they are not hiding around every corner and lurking on every forum just waiting to break out from under the thumb of the man and put everything that has come before to shame.
Yes, you can find the journal where it was originally published here. You can also find a link directly to the article in the linked article.
I did try and link to the original report, but you have to pay for the article. That seemed like too much of a burden to put on people.
edit: As for the illiteracy issue, I would say that is more a factor of education then it is of intelligence. There is no question that people are more educated today then they were in the Victorian period. The question though is whether that education actually translates into higher intelligence or not. Basically it comes down to a street smart vs.book smart question.
Big Lemon wrote:
I also fail to grasp the nature of your complaint. As I see it, martials are focused on striking for offensive purposes because that is their role, to kill people and break things. Perhaps it would help me understand your point if you gave some examples of what you would like to see martials do that they cannot do right now.
There is a new report in the journal "Intelligence" that proposes that people have grown dumber since the Victorian age. They came to this conclusion by studying the time that it takes to react to stimuli, rather than by looking at IQ tests which has been the standard measure until this study. Thoughts?
F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
Okay, but could we get the Zombie Lord template in this book?
I would ditto the Changling suggestion. As Drejk rightly points out the way they are written they are all female but that is color text and color text is easy to rewrite or ignore as needed. After all, the drow color text is that they are all evil there are all sorts of non-evil drow characters running around out there.
Exactly, my own semi-homebrew world has eighteen core races including the standard seven. I like to have a lot of options for my players and although many are human offshoots the diversity is quite fun.
Jal Dorak wrote:
I have read on IMDB that this was the case, but I can find no other conformation of it.
Matthew Morris wrote:
I think this is exactly it. Particularly if IIRC someone had just made a statement to the effect of Loki being representative of all Asgardians.
I did not notice the raven's and I had not thought about the Loki thing. I have considered that since the Cube is a gateway that it may be the key to restoring the Bifrost to functionality. As far as Coulson goes, the actor is in talks to play him in Iron Man 3 so I think that there is something to the LMD idea. Just one more reason for the team to distrust Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D.
I am glad the movie is doing well. I am hoping this gets us a Black Widow movie.
This. I loved the sequence where Natasha was tied up by the bad guys, seemed to be in a very bad spot, and yet was the one who had everything under control. I also loved how Coulson was just like everything was business as usual listening to her whoop up on a couple of creeps right in the middle of a phone call. A Black Widow movie that was more James Bond and less super heroics would be awesome.
Also, most monsters in games like Pathfinder/D&D tend to come from mythology of some sort. Our ancient ancestors in cultures like Egypt, Greece, and central Africa believed that the mantis was a symbol of good luck. The bushmen of central Africa even viewed them as divine messengers and psychopomps. Since they are very helpful creatures, combined with the lack of danger to humans they were never imagined as evil beings and so the collective human psyche never created any mantis monsters. I did a little digging and the only mantis related monsters I could find were simple variations on the giant mantis, ala the first Bestiary and most of them were from video games.
Okay, here is a revised version.
Child of the Hunt Bloodline
The Beast Kin improvements only improve the NA and the Stealth skill. However, the Boon Companion feat will help you with the effective Druid level As for just having one class skill, I am not entirely sure that it works for what I was aiming for here. Both Stealth and Survival are important to hunters. On the other hand, you are exactly right that it gives twice as much as any other bloodline, so the list should be trimmed down.
My biggest complaints are I hate the faux documentary style that seems to be the fad these day with camera going blurry and then back into focus as they pan across because they were filming something else when the action started and that there was no mention of Wendall Vaughn (Quasar) during the whole time at Project PEGASUS.
One thing as a counterpoint to this statement. This book is as much a resource to GMs as it is to players. I don't allow goblin PCs in my campaign but my first response was that I could not wait to use this in my campaign. Thus was born Kramas, a goblin fire bomber who is going to debut in my campaign as a minion of the BBEG of this campaign arc. If you don't want people in your game to use them as player options, that's great. But also take a moment and think about all the fun a GM can have with these buggers.
There is already a pretty large chunk of this book dedicated to the core races. I believe it is something like 15 pages or so per race. Between that and the Races of Golarion books that should provide plenty of material. IIRC goblins will only get six pages in this book.
The book "The Voyage of the Space Beagle" would have fallen into public domain in 1978, but the copyright was renewed so now the earliest that it will become public domain is 2073.
Grey Lensman wrote:
Well, in X-Sanction it was stated that the even-worse future where Cable spent some time was caused by the Avengers successfully locking up Hope before the Phoenix showed up, so that has to be taken into account. So Captain America showing up and demanding that the girl get turned over wasn't going to go over very well.....
Of course, if the Marvel Universe in general and the X-Men in particular should have learned anything it is that if you try and change on bad future you usually end up with one that tends to be even worse. And don't forget that Bishop said that Hope will cause a really bad future as well, so it's really a Catch 22 for the X-Men.