Liz Courts wrote:
Thanks Liz, and yes, I will not be using Golarion, the iconics or anything flavorwise from the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. I am also aware of how to properly use the terminology.
Another small question would be the following: If I were to want to submit a commercial product, I know I am restricted to Exhibit B for references, does that mean I cannot ,for example, use the Alchemically Invisible template from page 47 of the Rival Guide? Or can I as long as it is properly referenced and included in the OGL of the product?
And I'm sorry if I come off as annoying. I have read through the OGL, the Compatibility License as well as the Community Use but I absolutely want to confirm what I can and cannot use before embarking on an endeavor which could potentially be marketable.
Hi there, I'm sure this has been asked, answered and said before, and I've read through the Community Use and Licensing articles but I still wanted to ask and make 100% sure.
I have a few questions and I just need to know what I need for each of them:
A) If I want to write a pathfinder adventure and give it out for free what do I need?
B) If I want to write a pathfinder compatible adventure which clearly states this and give it out for free what do I need?
C) If I write a campaign setting, adventure and everything, using pathfinder compatibility and materials from sources other than just the core books and distribute it for free what do I need?
D) If I want to write a campaign setting, adventure and everything, using pathfinder compatibility and materials from sources other than just the core books and wish to sell it, can I and what would I need?
Thank you in advance.
Ice Titan wrote:
Thank you so much for this. You have no idea how it helps me!
And thank you to everyone else who helped out, I just didn't want to make the quote bar three pages long. But I love all your ideas!
Me and my friends were discussing just sitting down and writing up our own small campaign setting and adventure series to follow it and we got around to wondering if we should try and make it presentable and share it online with other players?
Of course, following all OGL rules and regulations of course, but first we wanted to see if anyone out there would actually be interested in reading if not playing a homebrewed setting and adventure, even if might not match the pure awesomeness that is Paizo?
And if we were going to, would there be a specific theme people would really like to see?
We had a few ideas of our own but we wanted to get some opinions as well.
Let us know what you think ^^
Now I've been wondering a bit about the distances covered during The Hungry Storm.
I've put everything in spoilers just in case.
Though the journey is described as being around 3,000 miles across the Crown of the World, I fail to see exact distances put between each encounter.
I find it kind of difficult to plan when the caravan actually reaches their new destination except by kind of guesstimating.
Did I miss this information or does it not exist?
Has anyone done anything to figure out the exact distances between set encounter locations?
Part of the issue with a group vs a caster enemy is economy of actions (4 vs one or two). If you are open to 3.5, I would recommend giving the Swiftblade a look. The full BAB's is nice, but the extra action, constant miss chance (vs. everything), and quicken haste are the big draw. There is also the belt of battle (3.5 MIC) for an extra action a few times a day.
I am very open to 3.5, cross-compatability is most definitely not an issue. Thank you very much for this!
Evil Dave wrote:
Thanks Evil Dave, I've already started looking through my old battered up copy of the thing... staying away from Epic Level Spells of course.
As for a good class, does anyone have an idea apart from my own Destined Sorcerer?
In the wake of my currently planned campaign, the players will eventually have to fight off with their former ally and hero; a man named Gavaine of Kedemas.
Gavaine of Kedemas is on the verge of ascending into a god in his own right and has already been blessed with the tremendous powers, essentially becoming a demigod.
As the final encounter of a 20th level adventure, Gavaine has to be significantly stronger than most villains I've seen in previous Pathfinder Adventure Paths (whose villains were usually CR20 but for 4 16-18th level characters.)
Now, I want Gavaine to be a devastating challenge, forcing the players to bring everything they have against him to stop him, but I also want to keep the flavor and not just make an optimized character.
I've looked into Beyond 20th Level rules of the Core Rulebook (pages 406-407) as well as character class ideas such as a Sorcerer with the Destined Bloodline. My only fear is that as a Sorcerer, he would be physically weak against a group of 20th level characters.
As well, I've been looking into perhaps creating a template for Demigod or an equivalent.
Now, my question is, what would you consider to be an acceptable and interesting class/template concept for a 20th level adventure finale?
It's based on a Reward System. Players accrue Prestige Points and can spend them to claim items they really want. Spare items go to the player's faction and help to increase things such as the faction's maximum GP Value, provide new Items for Sale and gain Victory Points. [Victory Points are used like in the old Heroes of Battle to track the campaign's progress and is required to determine the outcome of the final battle.]
To simplify, XP is assigned normally to the four players and the rest of the team levels up with the players.
As for gold, Society members do not usually individually carry gold. Instead, most groups of these enemies usually have a Vault or Cache in the vicinity which once liberated grant player's the gold they would have earned.
Depends what the other 8 do. Are they camp guards and lore specialists who stay behind and help the PCs out primarily in the legwork pre-mission and with support, or are they there for combat as well? 12 PCs is going to mean LONG combats when they do get bogged down in combat, and if one person stealing the spotlight is bad, imagine someone stealing the spotlight with all 3 of his PCs. I'd be disinclined to let all 12 characters go along into the actual infiltration parts of these missions, but I think as guys who build gear, research lore, heal PCs after they return, and guard the horses, they could be a lot of fun. Kind of like an MI6 that moves around with Bond.
I was thinking more along your line of thought, like extra allies who you assign to various things. For example, you want to ambush the Society's watchtower? Well you can get your allies to cause a disturbance nearby, get some of the units to chase after them so there are less for you to fight.
There is no way I'm running a 12 PC combat xD
Just off the top of your head? By god man (or woman, I don't know) you've written a veritable masterpiece here... a treasure trove of ideas if I ever saw one.
Keeping with that theme while maintaining fantasy elements they could also be running dig sites for ancient constructs (as weapons of war), digging up or extracting entombed/destroyed (partially or incomplete) undead for use as generals, sources of info or weapons. That or searching for the graves of ancient powerful wizards or clerics from different lands who might share a similar ideology, just so they can resurrect or revive them. Of course so many of thse things can backfire on the Society, which can make for some interesting situations.
I am loving the idea of them digging up fallen generals, wizards and priests to further their cause. Though my homebrew world is fresh and new, there is a background of heroes and potential ressurectees. In fact, I may just have the Society bring back the corpses of past PCs and PCs that may fall in battle.
Think along the lines of obsessed/fanatical and the material will write itself. What is their focus (besides their leaders), is there a racial/religious component to their beliefs? Do they subscribe to ancient prophecies or beliefs tied to their leaders, their land or their country/empire? Maybe another, older country/empire or cultures (Nazi's venerated aspects of Ancient Rome).
Society Background and Beliefs:
Sorry, the spoiler tags are for any of my players who may visit this site. In general, the Society is a group of zealous fanaticals who venerate their five demigod leaders, seeking ways in which they can fully ascend them. The five leaders are all different, some are evil, some not but they all firmly believe that if they were to ascend, the world would become a purer, better world.
So more ideas: maybe they can have different groups (some at odds with each other) conducting research into new kinds of necromancy, siege warfare technology (new types of weapons or defenses), inducing controllable lycanthropy (shock troops), looking for sites of power (fountain of youth, tree of life, city made out of gold, island paradise in arctic waters or oasis in an inhospitable land, etc).
Once again, love the ideas. Controlled lycanthropy sounds great (mostly because I'll probably have the damn thing get out of hand and both sides caught between voracious werewolves or somesuch situation). The other locales are great too and I can definitely say that so far thanks to you and Tim, my mind has indeed begun generating ideas.
For another question that could help me, what do you think about the idea of a commando team consisting of the 4 PCs who also get joined by 8 more lower level characters they can also use to reinforce their group?
By Nazi I mean a large and powerful organization, dominating a large amount of the world with a huge amount of resources and military backing it up on whatever endeavor it so chooses to embark on.
For example, if the Society decides that the merfolk ruins of Shadaneen could possibly hold ancient tomes that would permit them to control the seas and oceans, by god there will be a massive operation to get into those ruins, slay the remaining merfolk/enemies inside and grab the loot.
To clarify though, the Society's purpose is the collection of artifacts and receptacles of power with which they will finally confirm their five leaders' true divine heritage and permit them to ascend into fully fledged deities.
Now, I am loving the underground bunker/alchemical experimentation lab (very, very, very much xD) and it is perfectly within the Society's reach to develop new types of warships and armaments. Though why you don't want submarines, I'd recommend it as I know for a fact that there is a submersible in one of the official APs and the possibility of simply claiming it for their own could lead to some pretty cool things.
And last but not least: POW Camp is awesome! Exactly the sort of thing I could see a hit team of characters taking down to free captured allies.
Thanks a lot Tim, helping a huge amount ^^
Within my current campaign, the players will form a commando style hit squad (composing of the usual 4 PC's who also each get the control over 2 lower leveled NPCs to provide backup, essentially making this a 12 man team.)
The players will have to overthrow a powerful organization known simply as The Society (think of them as fantasy themed Nazis).
I was wondering if anyone had any cool ideas for locales, places or operations that The Society could currently be using/exploring and that the players would have to either liberate or help destroy?
For example, I absolutely want an Egyptian themed archaeological dig-site where ancient relics and magic weapons from bygone ages are being uncovered. The players would have to either sneak in and sabotage the place and steal the relics of perform a frontal assault and take everything by force.
Thanks in advance to any ideas.
The tranquil wilderness of Cairnhollow has been the domain of powerful beings since the world was first born hundreds of thousands of years ago.
Centuries passed, the legends of what Cairnhollow used to be faded from memory to story, from story to tale and from tale to myth.
283 years ago, a religious mission of all manner of civilized races found its way from outside into Cairnhollow. Lost and fatigued, they built their settlement within the region's boundaries. In the years that followed, two settlements grew where once only wilderness reigned. The Settlers forged friendships with the Elves and Hearthkin but when the two native races forbade them entry into the farther parts of the wilderness, the Settlers grew suspicious.
What could possibly be so dangerous in those remote corners of Cairnhollow...
Rough Campaign Storyline:
A group of adventurers are hired by the Settler's Council of Ravenwatch, the largest settlement in Cairnhollow. Tasked with sneaking into the Palemarsh and finding the remains of a former hamlet which once stood within its sinking lands.
There the players find ancient ruins and within them, an ancient book. Bringing the book back to Ravenwatch, the adventurers seal the fate of Cairnhollow as the dark forces are released as soon as the book is unsealed.
With the sinister forces of the Grim Fable now running rampant across Cairnhollow, and the gods kept within slowly rising from their slumber, the entire world may once again fall under this primal shadow.
Note: Most of the ideas from this campaign came from fairy tale books and slightly from Lorwyn/Shadowmoor (A Magic the Gathering set by WotC)
If anyone has any ideas, comments, criticisms or general comments, feel free to post.
Thanks for the advice, and the Challenge of Champions were very good... I only have the last one unfortunately...
I really like some of these ideas... going to see what my players would like...
Here's the link to a brief description of it.
Do you know which product that would be?
And I'll think I'll go with this for the Campaign type... now just need to make those two factions and the Campaign itself... sigh
I had thought of having a co-DM but the problem is i'd want the other DM to have helped me make the Campaign so he's on the same level as me in the way the Campaign works...
Xaaon of Korvosa wrote:
To answer to your question, they would play at different times most of the time seeing as they would be pursuing their own storylines but would come together at various points in the story either as allies or as enemies. For example (this is not in my Campaign, it's just to show what I mean), say both players have realized they'll need the Deep Emerald Hammer of the Dwarf Lords and they know that it lies deep under the ancient city of Rageglacier, they'll need to cooperate to reach it as it is guarded by the sinister forces of the Brethren of Blood. When they reach the Hammer though, they'll have to decide which team gets it or fight to the death over it... something like this...
A group of players I play regularly with and a second group that I have recently just taken in have shown an interest in playing a D&D Campaign which would involve cross-group gaming, from cooperation in getting through dungeons and tough areas (think Maure Castle and Undermountain) to competing for resources and lands (imagine KINGMAKER but with 2 groups vying for territory).
I really love these Role ideas, and I think they'd fit in my Kingmaker and my homebrew PvP Campaign (to further define each nation's heroes).
For any future roles have you thought about a Diplomat role? When the players need to talk their way out, someone should have a bonus on that skill.
How about a Scout, or someone good at tracking, exploring and surviving in the wilderness.
If I think up of other roles I'll let you know.
Well this post has gone so far off the starting topic...
And yeah, we got lucky. Our group was at my house Friday, doing a playtest of the new Advanced Player's Guide classes when I noticed that the Kingmaker stuff was in my Downloads. Well, we already had characters made for Kingmaker months ago (minus the Campaign Traits) and we started after an hour or so... And the fact that we had Saturday and Sunday as a sleepover D&D grouping, meaning we played for more than 16 hours straight...
But no one's answered my questions yet really...
And I've got another cool question, courtesy of the Gnome Necromancer (who happens to be named Jiggins)...
Jiggins asks everyone at Paizo, "How will your Kingdom's city be designed?"
Now I KNOW that he wants gallows and dead bodies decorating the cities and regions, with swathes of undead patrol troops... but Golarion has so many cultures that depending where your characters are from, I can see that making a Cheliax held city will be far from the same as a Taldor made one...
How do you see YOUR city/kingdom's appearance???
My players and I have almost finished playing through Stolen Land and are all eagerly waiting for the follow up Adventure Path.
So anyone have good ideas for Kingdom and City names? My friends decided on germanic/old english cross names, like Nachtwood for example.
Then, they went on to print out multiple copies of the Buildings and have been having fun guessing the building's purpose.
Anyone want to have fun with us guessing them? That graveyard sounds tempting for our local gnome necromancer!
(CURRENT KINGMAKER PARTY: Gnome Necromancer, Human Cavalier, Human Alchemist, Half-Elf Cleric: Current Level: 4)
James Jacobs wrote:
That sounds pretty cool... are there going to be additional buildings included later or are the 43 buildings included in the Kingmaker Player's Guide the lot of them?
Maybe some rules for making new buildings?
After looking at the buildings presented on page 15 of the Kingmaker Player's Guide and the Kingdom Sheet, I have a few questions.
1) I know that Buildings will help the Loyalty, Stability and Economy as it says on the Kingdom stat sheet, but will the buildings be able to do anything else as well? I would imagine that the Graveyard certainly does not increase Economy...
2) Do all the buildings have a very different effect or are some of them just better versions? (Like Shop and Market, which I guess should increase Economy.)
Actually, this is better than my idea...(Which Iron Heroes book is this in? I don't recall it personally.)
Stewart Perkins wrote:
I didn't personally see this as a huge balance issue when one of my players did this. I didn't use the same restrictions as you, but I think both a) and b) are good. He will have a slightly higher AC than normal, but unless the shieldes are magical, this won't be a huge difference (1 or 2 points more probably). The problem will be when he gets magical shields and then his AC will be higher than the norm. I personally would apply both a) and b) but it may seem harsh. In the end, it's up to you to decide how much those extra AC points are worth.