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I've been pondering Kineticist. The new action system and focus points have potential to replace the much-hated Burn system with a better gather power system and focus powers.

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Let's see:

Loved: The refinements of the familiar 3.5 chassis, and the new base classes built on it.

Hated: The way the math breaks down and casters start to dominate at high levels. This was admittedly a 3.5 problem ported over unchanged.

Wanted: More careful editing and proofreading of options before release. See the rage and confusion over Advanced Class Guide and Ultimate Wilderness, as well as the endless delays vetting things for Additional Resources in PFS.

Will miss: Golarion. I'm off to Starfinder, where it's gone missing. When I come back to fantasy RPGs, who knows what world I'll return to, but PF2's Golarion's not high on the list of candidates.

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Praise Shelyn, that ugly landscape character sheet from the playtest got a portrait makeover.

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The only statted child of a mythic being I'm aware of is Rasputin. He doesn't have any of his mother's ten mythic ranks, but does have a supernatural ability that makes him harder to kill than most mortals.

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TheGreatWot wrote:

EXTERMINATUS!

It's the only way to be sure.

So that's why Golarion is missing in Starfinder times.

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The formatting for "Comicpalooza, Houston, TX" appears to be off in the chart.

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Sierra Heartward wrote:
We both know that death is just a status condition at these levels.

I can imagine the reporting conditions now:

Check box A if the PCs killed Torch.

Check box B if the PCs destroyed Torch's body to prevent a Raise Dead or Resurrection.

Check box C if the PCs soul trapped Torch or otherwise prevented a True Resurrection.

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Triune is a mad god formed of Brigh, Epoch, and Unity. With the other two aspects constantly fighting to keep Unity's desire to enslave all organic and machine life at bay.

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The full Skittermander party from Skitter Shot and Skitter Crash.
Starfinder Society Drake, Pegasus, and Gorgon ships.
Bear, uplifted.
Bantrid.
Aeon guards.

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Sam Phelan wrote:

Hello Arutema,

I have canceled your Starfinder Maps subscription. You should soon receive an email confirming this change to your account. Do you have a reason you are comfortable sharing for canceling?

Need to re-examine my monthly expenses. I'm satisfied with the quality of the product line, but a blank flip mat plus marker is more cost-effective to me.

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Please cancel my Starfinder Maps subscription, but continue my Starfinder AP subscription.

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For Live! Exploration! Extreme!? Anything, as long as you took the Icon theme.

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Are said files even compatible with consumer 3D printers? Or would they require specialized manufacturing equipment most folks can't afford?

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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:
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I guess I should have some snacks ready for this stream. I'm thinking goldfish crackers and gummy bears for maximum immersion.
Can you sever spare gummy arms and add them to other gummy bears?

And now I think Paizo needs to find a licensing partner to produce gummy skittermanders.

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Have:

* Embri/Phentomite/Witchwyrd

Want:

* Bantrid or Mining Laser Upgrade

Note: Boon is embossed with my lodge's seal, postal trades only.

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Pantshandshake wrote:

I hate to be that guy, but it's been bugging me since this thread started.

What the hell does 'spoony' mean, and where did it come from?

I mean, I understand what it means here, in context, but is that some kind of slang term from somewhere or somewhen?

It it a meme from the English translation of Final Fantasy IV, where Tellah uses "You spoony bard!" as one of his insults against Edward.

It means 'foolishly or overly-sentimentally in love', which is true in context. As Edward is nigh-useless in combat (when low on HP, he will automatically hide and allow 10 year old Rydia to take hits in his place), 'spoony' has also come to take on that meaning in RPG circles.

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Does this mean the card game will get its own special/exclusive scenarios? (As opposed to being lumped in with PFS tables for The Cosmic Captive for example.)

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Somebody ignored the "do not bend" label and crumpled the envelope and AP within into a too-small mailbox.

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Goth Guru wrote:
30: A virtual dictionary that gobbles up wrong spellings and spits out the correct spellings.

31: A gremlin-infected virtual dictionary that does the exact opposite.

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Ladis wrote:
It would be nice to get our hands on some kind of final version of the rules before the game release so we can decide if we like the game enough to subscribe. Or have many of you already decided that?

Some kind of System Reference Document?

Probably not going to launch before the rulebooks are out.

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FormerFiend wrote:
27. The psych file of a deranged sheep herder who was convinced that sentient starships are going to destroy all organic life.

28. They psych file of a disturbed barathu that wants to engineer a fleet of sentient ships to destroy all organic life.

29. Video of three host shirren going at it.

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The Gap exists partly to protect against spoilers for the Pathfiner APs. Ancient Golarion history (presumably at some point before the start of RotRL) is still known.

My head-canon is that the Gap is somehow directly related to the death of Aroden about 100 years before RotRL begins. Anything up to his death is still recorded somewhere, but anything after is lost to the Gap.

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Absalom Station Infosphere has at last gotten a substantial update.

Character builder:
* Themes from Against the Aeon Throne and Signal of Screams added.
* Shimreen (Empire of Bones) plus all races from Signal of Screams and Alien Archive 2 added.
* Removed SFS boon warning from legacy races pursuant to the latest SFS guild guide.

HTML5 character sheet:
* Numerous small bug and layout fixes.
* Removed the melee/thrown/ranged attack bonus section to expand the weapons section with a cleaner layout.

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Embri/Phentomite/Witchwyrd just showed up in Texas this weekend.

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In ages past, chromatic and metallic dragons warred over the right to rule or protect the mortal races. Eventually, they warred with such terrible magics that they risked the destruction of the world by accident.

They came to their senses, and agreed that each faction should go into exile in a separate outer plane of their own making. One of each faction, a silver and a white, were permitted to stay behind by the terms of this bargain to advise the mortal races, but never to directly attack the other.

But the white dragon who remained behind was secretly pregnant...

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Themetricsystem wrote:
To me, "package of explosives" tells me everything I need to know, and the 5 Capacity indicates how much "Ammo" it fits. The 1/use is there to indicate that the Device is consumed when you use it.

Please see the text on how to read the table which contains the detonator on core book page 218.

Quote:

Capacity: This lists the maximum capacity for an item that

requires charges to function. An item that holds electrical
charges can be replenished with a battery (see page 190).

The detonator's entry does not indicate that its capacity is measured in grenades rather than charges. Thus it means you can detonate 5 explosives with it before you need to recharge or replace it.

Contrast the grenade launchers on page 178 which explicitly have their capacities listed as X grenades.

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I can only assume that was a copy-paste error from PF where you used either the unarmed strike rules or the natural attack rules on a given attack. When GMing, I'd probably go with letting PCs kick, headbutt, bite, tail slap, and gore with their hands full without special training.

And FAQed because I agree this needs official clarification.

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I'm honestly not sure if the problem with PF1 was simply too many options, or that options seems to come out at a pace faster than Paizo could QA them, both to errata what needed it and approve things for PFS play.

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By the time of Starfinder, that knowledge, as well as any other AP resolutions, would be lost to The Gap.

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What if; Disabling traps, locks, and mechanical devices went into Engineering (as it does in Starfinder) and shoplifting and pickpocketing was rolled into Stealth? (Since doing those last two involves not being seen doing them.)

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Having played in a game where my vanguard had light armor, no shield, and the fleet feat, and another vanguard was in heavy armor with a shield, there was a world of difference between the two.

I think if the class is meant to be the melee dude, it needs either a speed boost to get into melee, or at least the ability to ignore armor/shield speed penalties. Possibly both.

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Let's see, I have so many, but it's probably a toss-up between:

Annameneliel, a gnome pei-zin practitioner oracle worshiper of Chucaro who's perpetually stoned on her own "herbal remedies".

and

Ragnavald Urgirson, core-only half-orc bard. Part-time singer in the Trollheim Mens Chorus. Frequently mistaken for a barbarian on the battlefield as he cleaves foes apart with his greataxe. Also, total dragon junky. Will be a dragon disciple once he hits 6th level.

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Jeven wrote:
Reksew_Trebla wrote:
It looks really cool, so I was wondering what it is.

What do you think it's doing?

It has an engine of some sort and a wheel running along some teeth to make something move.
Perhaps the lower half of the blade works like a jackhammer, rapidly stabbing back and forth.

If there's something like a chainsaw in Pathfinder you could just call it an unusual version of that.

There is chainsaw in the Technology Guide, just sayin'.

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The more Str vanguards I see, the more I think vanguards really cannot ignore that entropic strike is an operative weapon without the usual specialization penalty. Your Con is youy damage stat with it. Make Dex your hit stat and start with only whatever Str your race gives you.

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What about spending 1EP to boost the damage of an entropic strike in some way?

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I just finished a playtest PFS scenario in which we had both Dex and Str vanguards. Between armor and riot shield movement penalties, the Str vanguard had real issues closing into melee in a timely manner.

My preferred solutions to this would be:

Give vanguards a class feature that allows them to charge as a standard action without penalty. Similar to the blitz soldier and solarion abilities that do the same.

Give vanguards a class feature that reduced armor and shield speed penalties, similar to the dwarf racial ability or PF1 fighter's armor training.

This would at least close the gap.

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I agree "Restorative" is not the most clear name. "Stimulant" was my preferred alternative on reading it.

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Back to "classes you want to see":

Xenodruid: Build your own unique alien pet.
Kineticist: Possibly with its elements simplified to the solarions's photon/graviton.
Brawler: Expanding unarmed combat beyond "be a race with natural weapons."

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SFS Pregens wrote:

While Obozaya appreciates wealth, her true desire is for

recognition. This is best exemplified by the holoprojector on
her back, capable of projecting a personalized holographic
war-banner in combat to make sure the enemy knows
who’s coming for them. Although brilliant on the battlefield,
Obozaya is a little slow on the draw in most intellectual
pursuits, having little patience for education not directly
related to her vocation. She believes that honor demands
honesty, and while she’s not against lying by omission, she
would rather die than break her word. In conversations with
new people, she’s direct to the point of rudeness, and she
thinks most species talk too much as an attempt to cover up
their cowardice.

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Stephen Ross wrote:
Galtans Aric of Halvon and Geppa (3-48). Surely they were recruited by the Society.

I'm pretty sure Aric was recruited and assigned to pregen PCs, Ultimate Intrigue, so seeing him as an NPC is unlikely.

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Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:

So... Everyone, how about we help brainstorm some more appealing trade-in options? Fun backgrounds? What would you like to see that is fun and flavorful without being over-powered?

As for replay, I like Option One. It's simple and friendly.

I agree here re: replay, sometimes the simplest solution is the best one.

I'm also in agreement that trading in a race boon should have some sort of permanent effect. Possibilities:

* Learn an obscure language for free.
* Access to an uncommon weapon.
* Access to a custom wayfinder.

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Or it takes time and effort to sell on SpaceBay, which in game terms comes out to rolling a profession check to make a living.

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I would like to see Grandmaster Torch, without his plot armor.

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KujakuDM wrote:

A continuation of 3rd edition D&D. A Game that is inspired by and continued the legacy of D&D when they went so far off base.

Removal of D&D aspects will cause me to not play the next edition.

This. "Pathfinder" means "3.5 compatibility" to me, and without that, I will not purchase or play the new system.

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Xenocrat wrote:
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2) Hand of Oras is a doctor (strangely, not a listed profession)
That's because Medicine and Life Science exist. For the same reason you won't find profession (software designer) or profession (electrical engineer).

And yet, there are no rules for earning a living using medicine, computers, or engineering.

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Let's see:

702) Magda Farseeker is an electrician. Dwarven darkvision comes in handy there.
707) Gorza is a sysadmin, but is still 1st level and may be rebuilt. (Strangely, computer professional is not a listed profession.)
708) Whale Song sings Morlamaw opera, which sounds suspiciously like her namesake.

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MasterZelgadis wrote:
A tilted polar axis should be enough to have a warmer south pole. At least in one season. Note that temperature differences between seasons would be huge (with a warm south pole you would have an exceptionally cold north pole, but that would switch in summer/winter.

With a sufficiently long year, this could get interesting. Yes, the south pole is warm this time of year, which will last another 100 or so Golarion standard years, but then it will become uninhabitably cold for another 100 standard years, while everyone has migrated to the north pole.

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Having gobbled up PF1 organized play content at a rapid pace, I'm going to miss new organized play content.

I wonder what I'll do with the resulting free time at conventions?

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OmniMage wrote:

Another thing. I don't like how many item creation feats there are. Too many.

In DND, your average character wouldn't be able to get enough feats to nab them all. In Pathfinder, it will take up most of your feats.

What do you get when you select one such feat? The ability to make items of the type selected at a rate 1000 gp per day. If you get multiple item creation feats, it only adds items you can craft. It in no way improves your ability to craft items quickly or cheaply.

Money and time are factors that limit what you can do with item creation. Selecting multiple item creation does not give you more of either.

Magic item creation (through feats) is also completely disassociated from mundane item creation (through skills).

Looking at the skills chapter, you might think you want ranks in Craft (Alchemy) to make healing potions. Instead, it turns out you need no such ranks, but the ability to cast healing spells and the brew Potion feat. This often turns Craft skills into a trap for players new to the system.

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Combat Reflexes and the resulting ability to take lots of AoOs without iterative attack penalties, especially when combined with reach-stacking shenanigans.

I am very glad to see the 1 reaction cap in Starfinder and no combat reflexes equivalent in sight.

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