I've decided to try and use the playtest rules to make a playable Satyr. It's not going to get the same level of performance as the monster - it's pretty much a downgrade across the board, but it should be playable. It's an Advanced Race costing 24 RP and should be on par with the Drow Noble and Svirfneblin.
Fey: Satyrs are creatures of the Fey type.
Medium: Satyrs are Medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
Fast Speed: Satyrs have a base speed of 40 feet.
Low-Light Vision: Satyrs can see twice as far as humans in conditions of dim light.
Natural Armor: Satyrs have a +3 natural armor bonus.
Damage Resistance: Satyrs have DR 5/cold iron.
Natural Attack: Satyrs can gore with their horns as a primary natural attack for 1d6 piercing damage.
Keen Senses: Satyrs receive a +2 racial bonus to Perception.
Talented: Satyrs receive a +2 racial bonus to one Perform skill of their choice.
Elusive: Satyrs receive a +2 racial bonus to Stealth.
Fey Charm: Satyrs can use charm person as a spell-like ability 3/day. The caster level for this effect is equal to the Satyr's character level. The DC for this effect is equal to 11 + the Satyr's Charisma modifier.
Languages: Satyrs begin play speaking Common and Sylvan. Satyrs with high Intelligence can choose from the following: Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Giant, Gnome, Goblin, and Orc.
Here's the RPs:
Fey (1 RP)
Medium Size (0 RP)
Normal Speed (0 RP)
Advanced Modifiers (4 RP)
Standard Language Array (1 RP)
Fast (1 RP)
Fey Damage Resistance (3 RP)
Improved Natural Armor (1 RP)
Improved Natural Armor (1 RP)
Low-Light Vision (0 RP)
Natural Armor (2 RP)
Natural Attack (1 RP)
Skill Bonus (2 RP)
Skill Bonus (2 RP)
Skill Bonus (2 RP)
Spell-Like Ability (1 RP)
Spell-Like Ability (1 RP)
Spell-Like Ability (1 RP)
I was looking at reworking the Dwarf to have -2 Dex, +2 Con, +2 Wis rather than the current ability modifiers. To compensate, I was also considering increasing Defensive Training from Lesser (+4 dodge bonus to AC against humanoids of the giant subtype) to Greater (+2 dodge bonus to AC). IOW, these dwarves are not naturally graceful or quick but they compensate for it, at least as far as avoiding attacks, with training.
Since I'm not sure where to post this, I figured this might work. I've looked through all of the races without racial HD and I've noticed that none of them have a -2 Dex. Every other ability score shows up with a penalty on one race or another except for Dex. Conversely, Dex seems to show up rather frequently with a bonus.
So, is there some mechanical reason that playable races don't tend to have a Dex penalty?
Loren Peterson wrote:
Re #1, the AD&D 2e DMG had such a feature. It was almost never used by any of the groups that I knew, and was very easy to abuse. If there is a more recent version of this system, I am not aware of it.
Giving possessions to heirs that might be weeks or months away just isn't too likely for many items (potions, scrolls, even wands), and may not make a lick of sense for some things. If a character picked something up yesterday, it doesn't make sense that it's going back to his family (that he may not have seen in years) when the rest of the people that risked death for it are still in need of it.
Besides, if you say it always goes to the heirs, then where are they? Why don't PCs ever start as the heirs of others that have left them thousands of gp worth of magic items? Doesn't happen, does it? Once again, immersion gets busted.
Yeah. No kidding. It really shows the lack of interpersonal skills and coping mechanisms some of these people have where the first thing that frustrates them in game must be met with in game killing and/or betrayal. Do these people always expect their characters to get their way, or is it only when they have detect PC up and running? It's really pretty sad.
I still contend that the FAIR way to do it is to charge for your time, not based on the item. Look at the Profession skill and see how much you could be making during the downtime as a barrister/librarian/scribe/whatever and then charge that amount. I would say that for a spellcaster making items, using Spellcraft in place of a Profession skill is perfectly reasonable.
Consider a 6th level wizard making a Cloak of Resistance +2. It costs 4,000 gp to make and takes 8 days. That's close enough to one week, so it's one Spellcraft check to see how much to charge for the time. Considering that the bonus is likely to be about +14 and taking 10 for simplicity, the 'cost' of labor is 12 gp.
Does that seem unreasonable?
I'd suggest rewriting Flurry of Blows to remove all references to it acting like Two-Weapon Fighting - just saying it provides extra attacks at -2 and that all attacks use base (not 1/2, not 1-1/2) strength bonus for damage should be a good way to remove a lot of useless wording. Then just add in a clause that states that Flurry of Blows cannot be combined with Two-Weapon Fighting/Multiweapon Fighting or natural attacks of any sort.
I'd actually say that, for balance purposes, I'd rather most of those things went off of Charisma for what 7Seas calls Panache. Intelligence already gives bonuses - namely skill points - to everyone, and Wisdom give bonuses to Perception and Will saves which everyone can use, but Fighters and such (excepting Paladins) habitually tank Charisma, so I'd like to see it get some loving.
As a GM I can sympathize with the idea that the dead character's possessions disappear and are not available to the party, but I think it's far too damaging to any sense of immersion in the game world. There are many other ways to balance out the wealth system without such artificial and obvious steps.
Note that while Miracle and Wish can restore a character to his original form, that doesn't necessarily mean that's a good idea. The character's original form is the dead body that was given up when Reincarnate made the new one. A Dick GM can corrupt those Wish spells in this case without even trying. Of course, if you have another Wish you can now return the original form to life...
A bunch of low level sorcerers/wizards doing this trick with a wand of magic missiles produces a steady stream of damage against most targets as long as the charges last.
Somehow, Sun Orchid Elixir knows what class you are for determining what the roll is too. That seems kinda dumb to me.
I'd suggest having Sun Orchid Elixir reset the drinker to the race's starting age plus the first variable amount listed (the one for Barbarians, Rogues, and Sorcerers) for that race.
Orb barbarians have about 10 hp while raging (full 1st hp is a PC advantage). They have Str 20 while raging (they don't get PC stats either unless you raise them) and are +6 to hit. They also fall down the next round; they are nasty damage-dealers for CR 1/2 though; of course, barbarians are one of the most diffiuclt 1-3 opponents in the game.
Full hit points at first level is standard for anything that has a PC class as its first HD. Adding a PC level also gives the creature +4, +4, +2, +2, 0, -2 mods to apply to its ability scores. This is all in the Bestiary.
Raging provides a +2 morale bonus to Will saves. Supertition provides a +2 morale bonus on saving throws made to resist spells, supernatural abilities, and spell-like abilities. This bonus increases by +1 for every 4 levels the barbarian has attained. This means that it doesn't stack.
Also, while raging, the barbarian cannot be a willing target of any spell and must make saving throws to resist all spells, even those cast by allies.
Why would this not apply to potions?
The Vanara have a prehensile tail that can be used to carry things but not to wield weapons.
Prehensile Tail (Ex): All vanaras have long, flexible tails that they can use to carry objects. They cannot wield weapons with their tails, but the tails do allow them to retrieve small stowed objects carried on their persons as a swift action.
So, with this in mind, I want to build a Vanara Gunslinger. Some of my ideas revolve around the tail, and it leaves me with the following questions:
1) Can the tail turn the barrels of a pepperbox? I'm hoping so, because a dual pepperbox wielding gunslinger that flicks his tail back and forth from gun to gun allowing a massive full attack just sounds awesome!
2) Can the tail hold a firearm while it's being reloaded keeping one hand free to do something outside of the reloading (perhaps hold a rapier)?
I'm not sure I'd agree. For natural attacks it does have the benefit of application to multiple attacks, but each natural weapon only strikes once per turn whereas a weapon can potentially strike four times per turn (although with descending bonuses). Most of the natural weapon users you mentioned get 3-5 natural weapon attacks (assuming no weapon use) while the Monk gets up to 3 unarmed strike attacks if using a weapon as primary, and up to 7 if he's only using unarmed strikes. Why is this so much better for the natural weapon users?
So it simply comes back to needing to reduce the cost of the AMF like I said before. It's an easy fix. Just cut the cost to 60% of what it currently is (effectively making it 150% of what a magic weapon would cost) and things get much more reasonable. With this change you could have a magic weapon and an AMF of the same level for the current cost of the AMF.
That comes to the next problem: In RAW, such monster PCs would always have the same base stats. There's no mechanism for converting those stats into racial modifiers. I suggest starting with the d20srd rules for monsters as races, as it does a half-decent job as covering problems like attribute variance for creatures with exceptionally high or low stats.
I can help you here. Let's look at page 6 of the Bestiary under Ability Scores:
Unless otherwise indicated, a creature’s ability scores represent the baseline of its racial modifiers applied to scores of 10 or 11.
So, to get the modifiers, subtract 10 from all even-valued scores and subtract 11 from all odd-valued scores. Now a PC from those races can spend his/her point buy and then reapply the modifiers. This does mean that there are no ability increases to be freely allocated for the base racial HD, but that's probably for the best.
The system is still arbitrarily stricken of concepts like "monk that fights with a weapon but can also take advantage of the plethora of monk-focused character options that require a free hand", but whatever. Screw those guys. Weaksauce arguments for why the AOMF needs to be overcosted are way more important than a weapon-using monk being able to use Deflect Arrows or anything.
No, those concepts can still work. Fight with the weapon in one hand and keep the other hand free. If you'd like to make unarmed strikes without using that free hand, that's still an option too.
Most of that seems correct to me, but the bolded part seems off. Per the Bestiary, you only add the ability increases for every 4 HD or class levels added eyond what the creature starts with. The base 10 HD of the Hill Giant don't provide any ability bonuses other than what the Hill Giant already has listed.
And, I'd never go with Hill Giant when the Stone Giant is so much better both statistically and for roleplay. I really dig the Stone Giant.
Since you put it that way, as a correctional officer, I had taken part in several actions - none involving axes, but other weapons were present - alongside coworkers that did help me with a move. It was pretty clear that they expected compensation, and I wouldn't have even considered not offering it.
Since everyone is making dumb analogies...
It's not like charging them for the dinner. It's like objecting when they feel like they are entitled to access your wine cellar just because you invited them over for dinner.
When you get into roleplaing the characters, chances are that not everything they do outside of active adventuring revolves around the other members of the group.
My point is that getting a fix to the problem is more important than worrying about how it was done vs. how it was supposed to have been done. None of that really matters to me. I just want to know what options might provide a fair and balanced solution. I don't care whether the answer is seen as a retcon because the only thing that matters is how it will be done.
PS - I recommend 'revision' rather than 'retcon' as it's more appropriate terminology.
This makes the most sense from an in-game view.
If they've never fixed such things as stat blocks used in one-time encounters in the past and it hasn't been a big deal, then this shouldn't be either.
The Half-Dragon gains Immunity to the energy type associated with it's breath weapon. A Half-Dragon without racial HD - like a human Half-Dragon - does not have a breath weapon (according to JJ, per the second post of this thread). Does that mean it also doesn't have Immunity to an associated energy type?
This might be interesting for Half-Dragons of no definable dragon variety - such as from the magical experiments mentioned in the Half-Dragon text - rather than those of mixed birth.
Adding a line to those archetypes that specifically allows them an exception fixes that issue. Simple enough.
As for the previous examples being flawed. Doesn't seem to matter. Error were there, they can be fixed in future printings (where applicable), or a simple online errata document can show the corrected attack sequence. Another simple fix.
Pathfinder was never an 'innocent' game if we're talking about it being rules light. I would not recommend trying to parse it down to that level - it would just be too much pruning. Instead, there are a number of rules light fantasy systems out there.
In particular, Green Ronin's Dragon Age RPG has a rules light system with three classes/careers that each branch out into a few forks after a few levels. It let's you add a bit more complexity as you level up rather than dumping hundreds of pages of options on you from the start.
For old school, D6 Fantasy is so easy to play and goes away from the idea of classes and levels entirely. Fort he vast majority of characters (spellcasters are excepted), you'll have little need to ever consult a rulebook during the game since everything you need will be on your character sheet.
I'm sure that others can likewise recommend any number of light systems.
There is also a nation in the Dragon Empires that is advised/ruled by oracles.
I'm a little disappointed that character creation isn't quite as compatible with baseline Pathfinder as was described above. It's not just one feat that makes the difference - ability score points are determined differently and unspent points become bonus skill ranks. It'll work out fine if doing an all-Earthdawn game, but it makes it harder to include characters not made with this guide.
The rules from the Bestiary appendix indicates that the CR (or CR adjustment) is added as an effective level. For all purposes, it is a LA without the name. There is also a mechanic listed where the effective CR is reduced with increasing character level, up to a maximum reduction of half it's initial value, but this part is specific to creatures with racial HD.
Within these rules, a Half-Dragon made from any of the common PC races will be two levels behind most of the others. For Fighters, Barbarians, Monks, Rogues and similar characters that benefit greatly from strength and natural armor (or flight), this may still be an attractive option (assuming the GM offers it).
I'm not sure taking away a 1/day breath weapon is really going to dissuade all that many people that might be interested in taking half-dragon. The biggest attractions - the big boost to strength, natural armor, and flight - are still there and can make for some fearsome melee fighters.
"Devil's Advocate" wrote:
This may apply to Clerics, but there are other divine spellcasters these days. Oracles - particularly organizations of oracles - allow for this kind of thing.
This would be the equivalent to using a spell with obviously harmful effects. The word obviously is the key.
Beyond that, when playing in Golarion remember that weapons (and thus likely including harmful spells) are commonplace and it's largely an armed society where almost everyone is carrying something. In Golarion carrying around a gun/sword/wand/whatever is generally not going to get you censured unless you're using it cause harm or you have a history for doing so.