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Janderhoff? I wouldn't mind seeing a few of my western cousins. Getting the chance to crack a few Aspis heads in the process only adds to the pleasure.

Still, popping in and out of the world through that glorified carpet does give my dwarven bones a bit of a shiver. Seems to me that a nice, wide tunnel made with good old dwarven know-how would be a much safer bet.

Aren't tapestries flammable?

What happens is some clumsy half-orc comes bumbling along and knocks a candle into it?

What if a gnome explodes while standing next to the thing?

By Torag, what if a perfectly well-meaning dwarf just happens to spill a large quantity of ale on the thing? Not that I can imagine such a thing ever actually happening.
*quickly sidles out the door*

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Grayson proudly wields Mortuos, his +2 Ghost Touch, Heartseeking, adamantine lance, from the back of his faithful warpig, Ozzy. He also has a +2 Animated heavy steel shield and +5 Full Plate.

Estragon wields Frostfang, his +1 Furious Frost dwarven waraxe, and wears a +5 mithril breastplate.

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I was just flipping through my copy of the NPC Codex itself, and noted that there are a number of mounted NPCs (Dog Rider the 5th level barbarian, the aforementioned Griffon Rider, any number of paladins, etc.). However, I didn't see any mounted artwork in the book itself.

Will the pawns for those NPCs that are mounted show them as mounted, with size to match? Because that will make me a happy, happy person

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Not only can they use them, but with the rage power "Strength Surge" they can add their CL to their CMB and CMD for one round during each rage.

Trust me, when I come barreling down the corridor and drop a bull rush on my opponent at a CMB of +51, they are going to move.

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I know why I like it.

It's because I am an adult, with a job, and a wife, and for most responsible adults that don't have the good fortune to work in the game industry gaming time is a precious thing.

Try living in a town with a relatively shallow pool of available gamers, and then imagine a life where the only real way you can play is to go to conventions.

Try being 20 years out of college, and all your friends have a wife and 2-3 kids, so getting together every Friday night to rock some PF is pretty much out of the question.

So, put all those things in a bowl and realize that organized play lets me say the following: as a busy modern adult, I have access to a great system, the absolute best scenario writers in the business, a ruleset common among all the players/GMs, and an enormous player base that spans the globe.

I could play in houseruled one-shots at conventions, I suppose, but my experience with those is fraught with variance. Also, those aren't my characters, they don't last me from level 1 through level 12+.

Because of PFS Organized Play, I have gotten to meet pretty much all the Paizonians, more than a few fantastic writers, and a truly astonishing array of incredible GMs.

Are those sufficient reasons?

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Well, this is truly the suxxorz.

What do I need to do? Am I now stuck unable to play a character I spent three years building AND unable to take another PC through a seeker arc? Can I vacate the 1 xp from runecarved key and continue playing the seeker arc? I don't think I ever really understood that starting the arc locked you in, particularly as it seemed virtually impossible at the time to play it unless you could travel to the Pacific Northwest or Atlanta to find a table. We weren't even able to get enough people to play it at Gencon.

In a small market, is it just unlikely that a character will ever get to play it?

Brian Lefebvre wrote:
Estragon al'Godot wrote:

Good morning everyone, I have a question along these veins.

I played in EoT parts I and II at GenCon 2011. Table did not make for parts III and IV, and at that time, the XP were not awarded until after you finished, so Estragon was still sitting at 33 XP.

At GenCon 2012, Estragon played in Tier 12 Race for the Runecarved Key, earning 1 XP. Was that legal?

Can he still finish out EoT, or did I shoot myself in the foot?

Once you began the Eyes of the Ten series your character was locked in until you finished all 4 parts, so you using the character between part 2 & 3 for Race wasn't legal.

Even if the chroncicles were withheld till you finished the entire series, it would of been similar to being locked into a multi-session event till you finished.

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Good morning everyone, I have a question along these veins.

I played in EoT parts I and II at GenCon 2011. Table did not make for parts III and IV, and at that time, the XP were not awarded until after you finished, so Estragon was still sitting at 33 XP.

At GenCon 2012, Estragon played in Tier 12 Race for the Runecarved Key, earning 1 XP. Was that legal?

Can he still finish out EoT, or did I shoot myself in the foot?

If I apply the new ruling that EoT XP are awarded immediately, he is currently sitting at 33+2+1+1 = 37 XP, EoT Part III would leave him at 38 XP when he finished, and EoT Part IV would leave him at 39 XP (level 14) when he finished.

Also, I have another character who will hit 33 XP in two more scenarios (Grayson and his faithful warpig Ozzy!). Is there going to be another Seeker Arc similiar to Eyes of the Ten, or is future play for him going to have to come in the form of Modules and Specials?

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James,
I will be present at ShadowCon, though Tim will not, I look forward to seeing you at table again.

Incidentally, if I do not get to play Eyes of the Ten parts III and IV at MegaCon, I would definitely vote for those to be available at MidSouthCon, which I will also be attending.

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Eyes of the Ten! Eyes of the Ten! Is this going to be on warhorn or is there some other way to make sure I get in on this?

Estragon al' Godot is at the ready to serve the Decemvirate!

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Joanna Swiftblade wrote:

My worst screw up is deciding that I could homebrew a campaign. I had a great backstorys planned out for each of the PC's, and it all went down the toilet when the Efreet ran though a tavern wall scooby-doo style screaming "They're after me luckycharms!"

It's been all down hill from there.

Well of course it has. That scene sounds like it would be pretty much the apex of ANY campaign. No GM could improve on that.

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Estragon avoids the need for this feat tax by smashing the ever-livin' jeebus out of enemies before they can drop him below 0 hp.

If your barbarian is regularly in danger of dropping below 0, he should try killing more bad guys instead of getting hit by them.

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How about Dragon's Lair in #51 (City of Strangers, Part 1)?

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Man, if I had known you were gonna sell these on the website, I could have saved a couple grand and skipped that trip to Indianapolis this year.

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zylphryx wrote:
Chris Self wrote:
Wes: I'm training to be a goat!
Or is he stealing lunches and kicking backpacks down mountains?

Hey Baby Goat...

that's not yours

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Estragon al'Godot wrote:
Cosmo wrote:

You'll actually be better off going to the manufacturer for your replacement. The WizKids Support Page has a tool set up to get replacements for damaged miniatures.

Thanks,
cos

So, I just went to their Support page through your link, where one can create a replacement package.

They have two relevant options - Pathfinder Heroes and Monsters and Pathfinder Rise of the Runelords.

Neither of these two options includes the Huge Black Dragon as a chooseable package.

Heroes and Monsters includes Miniatures A01 through A40.
Rise of the Runelords includes Miniatures B01 through B61.

Apparently their tool does not recognize the Huge Black Dragon. Is it becuase it was a special piece? In any case, I cannot figure out how to get them to respond or how to get them to replace the piece.

Can you provide any guidance?

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Cosmo wrote:

I'll get a replacement copy sent out to you as soon as possible. Please keep and use the misprinted copy until the replacement arrives, then feel free to dispose of it as you see fit.

Thanks,
cos

Collector's Item!

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How have I missed this?!

I would love to have a copy, if you check the thread any time soon

e-mail:
zandari02 at gmail dot com

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Cosmo wrote:

You'll actually be better off going to the manufacturer for your replacement. The WizKids Support Page has a tool set up to get replacements for damaged miniatures.

Thanks,
cos

So, I just went to their Support page through your link, where one can create a replacement package.

They have two relevant options - Pathfinder Heroes and Monsters and Pathfinder Rise of the Runelords.

Neither of these two options includes the Huge Black Dragon as a chooseable package.

Heroes and Monsters includes Miniatures A01 through A40.
Rise of the Runelords includes Miniatures B01 through B61.

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There was a brief notice from the Nashville VC that he would try to get some PFS put together for the upcoming GMX show in Memphis (October 26-28).

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Woohoo!
Now to plan for next year!

PS, if anyone is at DragonCon this weekend, keep an eye out for Ezren, I will be in full regalia once again.

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Hey, is anybody going to be around Thursday night and want to run one?

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I vote for Zach as Ezren! In part because I am the guy under that robe, and in part because I know how much work went into building that thing!

In case you are wondering, that is the Charm of Making from the movie Excalibur translated into the runic alphabet from The Hobbit.

In Old Irish
Anál nathrach, orth’ bháis’s bethad, do chél dénmha
In English:
Serpent's breath, charm of death and life, thy omen of making

The entire charm goes exactly twice around the bottom hem
The part around the shoulders is "charm of death and life"
The part at the neck is "serpent's breath" on each side of the opening

It was awesome fun putting this together, and look for Ezren to be stalking the hallways again at DragonCon.

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It was awesome how many people at the con recognized me as a Pathfinder character. I think it is a testament to the quality of the artwork and the popularity of the game (not to mention the mad skills of my wife who sewed and painted for me!).

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I can add two more to that list!

Estragon al'Godot - level 12 dwarven barbarian - Qadira - my own PC

Tyron Halpert - level 12 dwarven monk - Osirion - my brother-in-law's PC

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Droid Razr Maxx is what I use. A combat manager type app would be amazing - something to track initiative

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ooh ooh! me me!

I would be very grateful if someone could shoot me a copy of this rune set.

Thanks in advance.

zandari02 (at) gmail (dot) com

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Marucho di vi Dichali wrote:

If I remember correctly (which may very well be false, as I was part of the aforementioned P-burgh trip), I played three slots a day (plus one on Monday right before leaving.) I have only one question, but many thanks to all the GMs willing to deal with my problematic butt. Thanks, er'rybody!

** spoiler omitted **

As the lucky GM for that memorable loss-of-trou experience, I would like to point out that the ruling for that action was based strictly on the level of significant awesome being generated during the Opera (for those not present, Marucho was one of the Clowns in the Opera in the Special), and should not be considered an even remotely official opinion. :)

I was thrilled to have you and everyone else at the table for the Special. It was a blast.

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Kyle Olson wrote:

I've got access to android devices and when this project gets out I'll be going there.

YAY!!!!

[Does a little dwarf dancing]

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Feral wrote:

Ah, so grappling is just bad.

If you're grappling a creature it can full attack you (with a -2 penalty) and you cannot full attack back. When you pin it (at the cost of two actions) it can break out completely at the cost of one.

Thanks for the clarification.

You are slightly missing the point. Grappling against things that are good at grappling is bad. Grappling against enemy wizards, on the other hand, is how you end combats quickly.

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As a dwarf, I picture a beautiful world where elves cannot move their ears AT ALL. Instead, wherever stupid elves are born, they cannot move their ears from that place. They would have to beg us dwarfs to come along and hack their scrawny, beardless bodies free of those anchoring ears and we would be happy to do so.

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Why is that I am a subscriber to the PF RPG, the PF Campaign Setting, the PF AP, the PF Companion, and PF Modules, but none of it shows up on my posts? I feel left out!

Sad dwarf barbarian is sad.

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I'm signed up to run three slots.

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I'm in for three slots. I am already on Brooks' mailing list.

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Ha! I read your screen name the first time around as "teleslut" and almost fell off the couch.

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The system currently shows Part I - 1 ticket left, Part II, 3 tickets left, Part III, 0 tickets left, and Part IV, 3 tickets left. I can personally account for 2 of each of the Part I, II, and IV tickets.

It looks like someone went in and bought up all the Part III tickets, but didn't want to play any of the other parts? That is peculiar.

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My brother in law experienced the same exact thing, got parts 1, 2, and 4, but not 3. Maybe there is something wonky with part 3?

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Well, I managed to get tickets to Part I on Friday, Part II on Saturday, and Part IV on Sunday. Oddly, Part III (which is mislabeled as Part II, Red Revolution, by the way), was sold out before the others. Now, how do I go about getting a second table of Part III run sometime on Saturday? I am signed up for a Pathfinder Society Classic game Saturday night at 7, because that is all that was left.

Apparently, PFS is quite popular this year.

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That was the biggest pile of fail I have ever seen. Just tried to buy event tix for GenCon. All sold out in 25 minutes. I got parts 1, 2, and 4 of the lvl 12 sessions, and nothing else. Everything else is showing as 0 tickets left.

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I was perusing the event listing for GenCon 2011 and noted that they list only 6 seats for the 4-session lvl 12 arc (Eyes of the Ten). Holy Schmoly! Surely there are more than 6 of us who want to take our hard-earned XP and get all up in the business of the Decemvirate.

Does anyone know of other lvl 12 play that might take place this year in the Southeastern US?

Estragon al'Godot - dwarf barbarian, lvl 11, ready to kick some high-level booty.

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kelvingreen wrote:


The examples all use squares, yes, but the exact size is irrelevant. The game itself uses feet as its unit of measurement, and a half-inch square can represent that just as well as a one-inch square.

Exactly right, Mr. Green. squares are squares, and the the size is largely unimportant, other than when I try to pick up tiny squares with my giant ogre-fingers. That being said, I would love it if some brave gaming company would start decreasing the SCALE of maps, so that we can have bigger battlefields.

Flip mats are nice, Map packs are nice, but my archers HATE those things.

what! another 8 square by 5 square fight? Great.

Where am I supposed to put two large trolls, a fighter, a mage, a cleric, and a rogue in a dad-blamed 8 square by 5 square room?

I have been playing with d20Pro lately, using maps that are on the order of 50-60 squares wide, I even have one that measures almost 500 feet by 750 feet. We opened the battle with orc sorcerers throwing fireballs at MAXIMUM range, and the zen archer answering fire at three range increments. AWESOME!

I think the current table-size 24" x 30" map format is a terrible handicap in interesting encounter design. That's one of the reasons I am infatuated with the virtual table top, you can zoom that sucker out and get some real distances going. Gaming Paper is cool for this, as well, at least in one of the dimensions.

Of course, the problem here becomes one of actual physical table size. Who out there has access to a table 12 feet long and 6 feet wide?

If we got away from the one-inch square rule, dropping to 3/4 or 1/2-inch, we could get a 50% or even 100% increase in playable battlefield. I know that I would be 2467% behind such a move.

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Evil Genius Prime wrote:

Just like the title says. Tell us about your duet game and how its going. Also feel free to include the kind of adventures your solo player is going on.

Do you use NPC's to help out the solo PC?
How do you adjust the CR of threats to compensate for one PC?

Lets discuss!

I have a few different things going on with the bro-in-law, actually.

For quite some time, we were playing a Shackled City campaign. I ran, using Maptools, and he played a group of 6 PCs.

We have also played a handful of one-shots, loosely based on the concept of an Adventurer's Guild, where he generated 35ish PCs where we rolled up 90th percentile stats, then assigned class and race using an algorithm to match class to the stats. That was pretty danged fun.

We have played through one of the One-on-One Adventures mentioned elsewhere in this thread (I played a 3rd level rogue, and he ran). Following this, we generated a group around the rogue, and a world around the published adventure, and I have been guiding a group of 5th level PCs (archer-ftr, cleric, druid, rogue, and conjurer) through a sandbox world.

Currently, we are running through an experimental encounter, using a group of 11th level Pathfinder PCs, on a very large scale map about 800 feet by 640 feet). The map is big enough that we have had orc sorcerers dropping fireballs at maximum range, and a zen archer firing a composite longbow at more than just the boring 2 range increments. Awesome. Running an entire tribe of orcs and their mysterious overlords is an interesting challenge, and I have been using Hero Lab and d20Pro to adjudicate. It is working out extremely well. In fact, it has made me wish that more encounters were designed with long range play in mind. Of course, this is very tough to do, because most folks don't have a table 800 inches long. It really only works well with a virtual tabletop.

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All of these are good arguments, and I have made them in my head, which is why I came here to ask.

The real clarification I need is for the pricing. If they do not stack, then I certainly hope that adding 1d10 cold dmg only on crits does not cost an ADDITIONAL +2 enhancement cost. That is completely not worth it.

If I can make the upgrade for an add'l +1 cost, then I might do it.

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So weapons get the delightful flaming/frost/shocking/etc enhancement for a +1 bonus cost.

The next level of that, the flaming burst/icy burst/shocking burst/etc enhancement is a +2 bonus cost.

If I have a +1 frost waraxe (total enhancement of +2) and want to add icy burst, how does that work exactly?

Do I now have a +1 frost icy burst waraxe, that does +1d6 cold (from frost) and +1d6 cold (from icy burst) and then extra damage on a crit for a total bonus of +4? (+1 regular, +1 frost, +2 icy burst). This would clearly have an enhancement cost of 32k gold

Or do I have a +1 icy burst waraxe, that does just the 1d6 cold from icy burst and then extra damage on a crit, for a total bonus of +3 (+1 regular, +2 icy burst). This would clearly have an enhancement cost of 16k gold.

In other words, is the icy burst a +1 upgrade from the frost, or does it ADD?

Coldly yours, Estragon al'Godot

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Wandering Monster wrote:
Now, some 50 months into things (kingdom size of 102), they produce 8 major items and 28 medium items, and have 13 city districts in which to sell said items (well, 13 items at least). Barring the odd under-4000gp items which pop up, selling items generally nets them 100+ BP per turn.

How LONG does it take to generate all of those items? This is the problem I am running into, interminable hours spend rolling back and forth on the horrid charts. My guys are just getting rolling here, but it takes up a lot of table time to just generate 7 minors and 2 mediums.

Is there a generator out there that speeds this up? It's getting to the point where we just don't care enough about the kingdom to go through the pain of generating all the items. If we were trying to do 25+ items, when would we get to play Pathfinder?

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meabolex wrote:
Gregg Helmberger wrote:


can't cast spells from scrolls

What if the scroll is prepared with the metamagic feat Silent Spell?

What if the spell on the scroll has no verbal component?

The rules don't say "read the scroll out loud". They don't even say "move your lips while reading the scroll". Now, I can see that, if the scroll has a verbal component, that must be provided, but if not, then it is perfectly valid to cast spells from scrolls, is it not?

Zandari

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Kyle Baird wrote:
Or not using Power Attack because the tactics didn't say the NPC uses it...

I love NPCs with Power Attack soooooo much.

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So spellstrike looks all awesome - I can use my weapon to deliver the touch spells from the magus spell list? Sweet! Let's go look at the spell list! So, we have shocking grasp and... Hey, wait, where's the rest of the touch spells?

I know! I will whack my enemy and I shall cast Bull's Strength upon him. Wait, that's a terrible idea. Enlarge Person? No. Stoneskin? Not likely.

So, I guess most of the spells with a range of touch are Necromancy, and none of these seem to have made the list. How about Touch of Idiocy or Touch of Gracelessness? Touch of anything?

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So spellstrike looks all awesome - I can use my weapon to deliver the touch spells from the magus spell list? Sweet! Let's go look at the spell list! So, we have shocking grasp and... Hey, wait, where's the rest of the touch spells?

I know! I will whack my enemy and I shall cast Bull's Strength upon him. Wait, that's a terrible idea. Enlarge Person? No. Stoneskin? Not likely.

So, I guess most of the spells with a range of touch are Necromancy, and none of these seem to have made the list. How about Touch of Idiocy or Touch of Gracelessness? Touch of anything?

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Shieldknight wrote:

I am unaware of any other software, other than a MMO, that requires you to continually buy updates.

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Well, you aren't paying for updates. You are paying for someone to input completely new data into the system.

Updates, such as cleaning up errata, improving the interface, adding actual program functionality, etc. are free, as part of the program cost.

Adding NEW information, such as that included in a new book, is not free.

Are you saying that the makers of the original IP, paizo, should include all the new information (for instance, the new APG classes) for their roleplaying game as a free update, instead of making you purchase a new book? It's the exact same concept.

In point of fact, if you go to a third party source, such as the PFSRD, you CAN get that information for free, it just doesn't come in a shiny book you can put on your shelf.

This (and any other commercial program) is a product designed to be sold with a specific set of capabilities. Free updates to improve the functionality are certainly expected. Adding new capabilities? That's an upgrade, not an update.

There ARE free alternatives: the aforementioned spreadsheets, PCGen, the now defunct Redblade. Many of these are (or were) very good alternatives, but they are subject to the foibles of all open source things, and that is the availability of someone willing to spend the time to add new data as it is generated. PCGen is one of my all time favorite programs, and those guys do fantastic work, but they don't get paid for it, and as a result, spitting out new datasets (like APG) is subject to the time they have available.

A program like HeroLab, because people PAY for it, is able to hire a guy to sit in a room and jam all that information into the system, THEN sit there and pound on the keys for a few days to make sure it works. This gives them a much shorter time-to-market, but it comes at a cost. It appears that, for a set of any given three PF Companion books, that cost (to the user) is about $5. If you don't need it, don't buy it.

Jeebus, now I sound like I am defending Hero Lab. I promise that I am not specifically doing so, I am just trying to argue the point that, at some point in our lives, it is worth $50 to obtain a product that a) is very good at what it does, b) saves us a great deal of time, c) is the product of skilled people completing a task that we may not be able to complete for ourselves.

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Cartigan wrote:

..and? I can make a spreadsheet do the better part of that without even using Basic or ActiveX.

Then why are you looking for a chargen program? What exactly is it that you are wanting this thing to do? If you say that you want to get a free product that provides all of the information in the pdf versions of the books, then I believe there is a word for that.

Why don't you just buy the pdf of the books?

I (and I suspect, many others) have purchased the pdf of the books (I also have hard copies of 90% thereof). What I wanted was a program that would allow me, in a matter of about 10 minutes, to construct a fully developed 11th (or whatever) level character, with a useful feature for tracking all resources (potions, scrolls, spells, per day uses, etc.), as well as radio buttons that will automatically apply the affects of things like Power Attack, Deadly Aim, Staggered, Blind, etc.

A computer program does that. The pdf of the books does not. Could I write an Excel spreadsheet to do so? Sure, and some have (I reference here the excellent Erian_7 product (free) and the Ogresheet (also free)). On the other hand, I am an adult with a job and a family, and generally have easier access to about $50 than I do to a hundred hours of farting around with a spreadsheet, trying to poke numbers and type things into all the proper squares and not break my references.

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