So I've been tasked with drawing the dungeon for a PBP game on the Paizo forums as we, the players, start exploring. I did a quick search on the forums and found a number of potential tools such as MapTools. The thing is that they talked about pdfs, images, layers, and all kinds of things that plain scared me. I don't want to download and delve into a complicated system that will require hours of learning. For now, I just need a simple dungeon mapping tool. On the other hand some day I want to try my hand at GMing PBP. There seems to be no end of hoards of players just dying for a GM and, heck, with society play I would even get credit! So, having said I want an easy app to get going on, I also want to eventually be able to learn how to do all that PDF/layering stuff.
So, what do you think would be the best app for me, and why is it superior to the others?
I just bought the Monster Summoner's Handbook and figured it was time to ask all my questions and make all my observations.
First of all the base spell only allows for a Celestial or Fiendish template. Why? I could understand that you don't want to give the players the opportunity to apply any template willy-nilly at the time of casting or they would summon fire templated monsters when facing cold base opponents, light when facing shadow, etc. Just too versatile is my guess. Am I right? Was that the motivation?
Why not just make the player pick a single template when they learn their first summoning spell and make them stick to it? It seems a no-brainer that a Wayang should be able to use a Shadow template (and forgo the normal celestial or fiendish template for good if they choose to). I figure this is not legal without an appropriate feat in society play, but do some GMs allow this? I know about Versatile Summon Monster but it ADDs another template allowing you to choose and costs a feat. Not exactly what I'm asking.
I thought celestial planes were L/G, but the template seems to be associated with any good alignment. What's up with that or am I just mistaken?
Is it possible to apply multiple templates to a summoned creature? It would be fantastic to have a herald caller of Sarenrae that summoned fiery celestial creatures or some other cool combo. If so what feats/books would the character need to be society legal? Again Versatile Summon Monster allows variety, but no combos :(
And, if so, what would you do to determine which summoning spell it fits into since the CR would change?
When you craft this, is the enchantment limited to things that may go on an amulet or a holy symbol? The only wondrous 'holy symbol' item that I can find is the Ornament of Healing Light. Are there others?
How about an amulet of Spell Cunning? I assume that would not work because they threw in the phrase 'wizard's bonded object'.
We just played with a step up and disruptive character and the problem was that mages can just walk away instead of 5' stepping. That hoses the whole strat. So my question is, can a character do a delay action and use their standard action to run after the mage? Otherwise, unless the mage is glued in place, I just don't see being able to get the disruptive feat to work.
I'm in two PbP for the con with pregens. I am also going to be playing in a number of games in November at a con. Is it legal to assign a chronicle sheet to a character if I play the character in November and in a PbP that starts before that date and ends after that date? If so, and the character is at the threshold of going up a level, how do you reconcile that. What about two PbP that start at different dates but overlap. I vaguely remember seeing somewhere that that was legal, but how can it be if either would push your character up a level?
I have a question. How do I use a society character as an alias? I see that my PFS characters all have 0 posts, obviously, since I haven't figured it out. But that suggests that I COULD use the character as an alias. I have successfully created an alias and posted using that, but if I'm actually going to play in a PBP game with one of my PFS characters, it would be nice to be able to post as that character without having to create a second alias! So what am I missing?
We play all kinds of games form 10AM - 11PM the second saturday of each month (typically). We have a reliable PFS society sanctioned group that churns out 2-3 games per slot - 10-2, 2:30-6:30, and 7-11. We encourage folks to try GMing and a lot of folks have gotten their feet wet as a GM. There are enough folks that know their stuff and don't mind a GM that is not 100% up on society rules or PF game rules.
There are also miniatures, board games, indie RPGs, D&D, and more. We run a 3 day con in early November and will be at the Moroeville con center for even more fun.
We recently lost our venue and have been meeting at a temporary place that has been a lot less temprary that we would have liked but still draw from 50-75 people at the height of the day. Once we get a better venue locked in that should rise.
Do a web search on GASP gaming for more info.
I read through what I could find but had some questions before I could try joining.
1) When a game lists G+, does that mean you have to have voice, or is just text OK. I am getting that it means using the Google Hangout, which I've never used, to communicate. But it says there that you can either use chat or voice. If the GM does not specify, does it mean you can use either or work or is it assumed you will use only voice? And if you want to use voice, do you need a microphone or can you call in on a phone - how does that work? I'll buy a headset if needed, but I'd like to try a game first before I spend $30 on it.
2) I have all my characters in MS Word or RTF, but I use my own format. When a GM wants a digital copy of a character, what should I use? I considered printing out a standard PFS character sheet, filling it out, then scanning it in as an image. Would that work? roll20 advertised a character sheet but when I want to use it, it required supportership/money. Is there a free fillable character sheet out there that a GM would take? Every time I think I've found one it either does not work or it costs money.
I have been playing a fun 'Scarey Chick' character. An Aasimar Inquisitor level 3/Monk level 1.
I am at a crossroad and need some advice. The character currently has the following feats:
Improved Unarmed Strike (Monk-1)
Pretty nice list for a level 4 character. The character has halo and lots of intimidate for a 11(13 vs. evil). She uses a reach weapon (just a spear, but I prefer it since she is from fisherman stock). With the IUS that gives her a nice threat region and I almost always get a Few AoO out of her.
Anyway there are a lot of nice things she can do come level 5:
So, on to the question. I can go the Weapon Focus/Dazzling display route or the Dragon Style path which eventually gives some intimidation potential with the stunning fist plus lots of fun charging around the battlefield.
Which do you think would be more fun? Can you think of an alternate branch to take?
Also, I'm toying with eventually taking a second level in Monk after picking up bane just for the evasion, an extra stunning fist, and, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT, yet another bonus feat! Is this a bad idea? I know that dipping is supposed to weaken a character, but DANG! Those first couple of levels of Monk have SoooOOoo many benefits.
I am creating a character for society play. The character will be a halfling brought up by goblins to dove tail into some previous runs in the Emerald Spire modules as my current character got ahead of things and does not qualify for the upcoming adventure. At the point he will be joining things he will be level 2 (I can get in 3 experience at a con in a couple of weeks).
So, I was thinking that the Magus would be nice since he will advance quickly in experience and Magi seem to suck at lower levels.
So, I was thinking Elder Scion because a halfling gets a bonus there, and I thought I could dip into Swashbuckler that way. Make him dex based. I'm a relatively new player though and never explored bloodlines and the like. So, the advice:
Should I dip into swashbuckler at some point?
I only have the core, advanced players, advanced race, advanced class, ultimate combat, and ultimate magic.