It's been really cool to talk to people from here again. This story was probably the best thing I had going back in high school. Heck, I even wrote a prologue story that I still consider some of my better writing (which still pretty cringy haha).
The urge to make a discord server just to have a more regular place to chat is pretty tempting, game or no game.
I'd love to know what happened with Michael and Kitty. ^-^
My Characters, based on what I knew about them and not anyone else's plans:
I know Taron and Kam were going to have a mostly okay ever after. Their children would have caused just as much trouble as the Sunwake Triplets did. How nice to have grandparents willing to babysit!
Alton would have quietly left once everything was safe... and the fire rats he constantly worried over were going to be revealed to be the clones of clones of clones (you get the idea) of polymorphed red dragons the firebird leaders of way-back-when had used to power their spacefaring.
Anthony would have ended up part of a city guard/forest ranger back home.
Belyu would have eventually gotten some much needed therapy as she was a hive mind colony posing as the human it subsumed. She was also the leader of Triad, which did in fact have more than three members.
Gareth was going to be language teacher at Avalon.
Ryo would have eventually settled down and remarried. His children would have been quiet happy about this and end up becoming teacher aides and later on professors in their own right.
Merihk, who I didn't get to use much, was Lysander's reincarnation from when Balance's Champion put him back in his proper place in time.
Oniero would have gotten some sleep! He's done this now in two different yet similar homebrew settings, one of which Lyn played in (he went by the codename Mache in that one).
Pyrrhos would have caused an uproar when it was discovered his father was a sea elf and that's why he didn't have any firebird mutations or afflictions like the others.
Pyry was probably gonna end up just moving somewhere cold and living out his days there. Making clothes out of ice for people, most likely.
Taika was always gonna end up one of the better magic item crafters, especially since she worked on her own skeletal system and replaced parts of it with extra magic items slots. Its why she is heavier than she looks.
Others I had would probably just stay on as professors.
Well, we certainly have...events unfolding around our favorite hobby, don't we?
Interesting times, indeed...
Interesting enough the 5e Monster Hunter creator I followed is now working on converting all of it over to PF2e and between that and Hasbeenbro's awfulness I'm actually looking at PF2e for the first time since the awful playtest just to have it as an option.
I might not like PF2e, but damn if I am gonna missout on a chance at a Monster Hunter game!
Popping on the Alchemist train for a bit, there is at least one or two archetypes for it that replace mutagen... and then go out of their way to say you can't pick up any of hte discoveries that are explicitely for getting MUtagen or its counterparts back.
That was the entire point of the discoveries, and the archetypes made that way just felt like cruddy design.
Options that you could change one or more class features from a list. Archetypes are nice but many times they replace something you do not want to change.
An optional rule that lets you get one class ability/feature(for free) from another class at 1st level would be nice. Stuff like bardic knowledge, channel, evasion, lay on hands, monk AC, unarmed strike(brawler/monk), uncanny dodge, shifter claws, trap finding, etc.
There is a series of 3rd party pdfs that does this. The Talented [Class]. It is basically all the archetypes and various abilities [class] could get but you can now mix and match those abilities.
Long ago there was a Doppelganger who traveled a lot and saw many places and cultures where people had pets. They didn't have one and set about getting one so they would have a traveling companion. Each time they got one it went well until they used their natural shapeshifting ability. Once that happened the animal would become distant, try to run off, or even attack the Doppelganger.
Quite upset by all of this, the Doppelganger came to the conclusion that if they wanted a pet, they would need one that could shapeshift as well. One that could even go with them into places pets were normally not allowed. With a bit of research and large payments to a Druid that dabbled in fleshcrafting the Doppelganger finally had the pet they so desired.
That, young would-be-adventurers, is the story of how I brought Mimics into the world thousands of years ago.
I wish they had added a line saying that once you had worn a magic item long enough that it changed the bonus into a permanent bonus(Belts, Headhands, etc) saying once that particular item had done so you could take it off and put it back on.
Because otherwise we get people constantly wearing belts and headbands into the bath.
For myself, I'm a Lich of simple, classic tastes. I prefer the gamebreaking, conceptual shenanigans that fall strongly on the side of ridiculous. They're also the kind of thing that no sane player would bring to the table. I'm thinking of the awakened hummingbird deathstar currently.
Oh, and ridiculous template stacking or weird interactions between corner case monsters and templates or class abilities.
Did you know plants can be vampires? Neither did my players... until it was too late.
My favorite is the "rock salt" Earth Elementals I came up with. Elementals are living creatures, after all, and a vampire can't be hit by sunlight very easily underground...
The Blacksmith gives that niche of the guy who makes his own gear and knows how to use it because of that. Also means things like upkeep of gear and making adjustments on the fly are possible.
The Conscript is an excellent "Build your own Martial" class that pretty much lets you pick and choose a few options to make the character you want.
The Scholar is a pretty damn good skill character, and having played one for a while now I do like how its all worked out. A variety of options to pick from means you can do almost a little bit of everything.
The Sentinel is built from the ground up to take a hit or get in t he way of them, while also being able to dish out damage too. THE tank class in my opinion.
Back when Sarkosis could actually make fragments of their dieties manifest(before Unchained), I used the idea for a Sarkoran samsaran that saved a very minor, ancient, and forgotten diety from a curse of undeath by 'killing' the body.
A quadraped with snake like features, Chakacoutl was eventually going to have three heads(representing birth, life, and death). This was the inspiration. I was going to pick up evolutions for spell casting, grappling, venom for the bite, and fast healing.
Vehemently opposed to undead, Chakacoutl was a Deity of Snakes, Healing, and Reincarnation/Rebirth. He only had one priest(the summoner) though.
As for necroing, how was I supposed to know? Digging around fine print somewhere (yes I know dates are somewhere, but they don't exactly stand out and what is the point of using them to choose whether to post or not)?
As a thank you for this sale... The date is right over the reply button. ^-^
Anything involving Drakes. Paizo made cool archetypes.... and shot them in the foot by giving not very useful drake companions. Cavalier can't ride their drakes, yes, this will make the people wanting dragon options happy. Better remove a lot of class features that would make sense to have on a dragon rider too.
Oh, and when a Drake is finally big enough to ride you can't with the Mount power, which you need another drake power to take, and it restricts flight even if you would be in the drake's Light Encumberance range.
Or you could get a Draconic Companion animal companion and not have to jump through hoops and lose large amounts of class features for a dragon themed mount.
Oh, I got one. An update to sorcerers so they get a list of bloodline powers to pick from like Oracle mysteries have revelation.
On a related note: First level bloodline/school/domain powers like Rays and Claws and stuff not being restricted to a limited amount of uses a day. One reason I heard they got the limit added was because people were(apparently) worried about players burning through doors or powering batteries.
Unchained Summoner. More specifically, the Eidolon that got a large chunk of flavor gutted from it by tying them to outsider types, and then tying those types to base forms so even more potential flavor was taken away. It didn't make sense for any established lore or already written Summoners.
RIP fun build your own creature, min-maxers ruined you for everyone.
Tonight my not-niece(not a blood relative but I've helped raise her) had her first non-introduction to TTRPGs character... hatch.
A week or two ago we were at a local gaming shop and I was looking at miniatures. She came over and looked at them with me, and after telling here the white ones were for painting, she picked out a blue dragon hatchling(plus tiny hoard) and went to ask her parents if she could get it.
Tonight, while playing the GURPS Dungeon Fantasy game, out group came across a dragon egg among the items we'd been sent out to recover for a merchant. It was hatching, with lightning strike it and everything.
Out pops this little purple(her favorite color) dragon that says "Mommy?" looks around and has now imprinted on our Dwarven Holy Warrior(which happens to be my niece's mom's character too).
As it is purple and breaths lightning, it shares properties with piezoelectric minerals -quartz in this case- so kinetic energy(being hit) recharges the breath attack.
She has expressed that "Pickles" is not a very dragon sounding name.
Assuming that a ratfolk's ideal of beauty includes a ratfolk-style tail, first paragraph, third sentence.
And then this line.
Less common humanoids, such as lizardfolk, catfolk, tengus, and others, can also produce aasimars, though given these races’ exotic appearance, members of the more common races may have trouble telling such aasimars apart from their kin.
If they don't look like their patent race that line wouldnt exist.
Pretty good, I suppose. Nothing to complain about except a persistent cough.
I'm going to see my very first girlfriend this weekend in Vermont. I haven't seen her since about 2005. She's going through a rough time right now, and needs a friend. Sadly, due a lot of nonsense, I'm one of the only ones she has left.