As the title says, which knowledge skill would occult topics and psychic magic fall under?
It should be it's own knowledge skill, but if it was intended to be, it's not listed as a class skill for any of the occult classes. Some have "Knowledge: All", but most don't.
The next obvious go-to would be the already vastly encompassing Knowledge: Arcana. But, it really shouldn't fall under the arcana umbrella, because, that would run contrary to the whole theme of Occult Adventures- hidden knowledge, esoteric secrets, the unknown...
If it is Arcana, pretty much every arcane caster would understand the occult topics, and secrets in OA. Psychic magic and the occult is meant to be a hidden and separate phenomenon than the 'conventional' arcane, and divine magic most are aware of.
So does anyone, especially the developers, have any thoughts on this?
Could someone clear this up for me...
If a monster uses all of it's natural attacks, and/or iterative attacks, does that count as a "Full Attack"- and a full round action, as it would for PCs?
This such a basic question, I'm almost embarrassed to ask, but it really is not that clear (at least to me).
This thread was completely inspired by Petty Alchemy's 101 interracial Quirks, thread!
What PC racial quirks do you use in your game?
Example from mine- The best way to keep a male Dwarf in line, is to threaten to tell his mother of his bad behavior! There are few greater shames for a male Dwarf, than a disappointed mother. Also, tradition holds, that Dwarf mothers, are allowed to swat their sons, no matter their son's age, for shaming the family!
I love the Brawler; I think it's a really fun class, but I don't understand how to explain things 'in game', like their ability to bypass damage reduction, as if their fists were magic. I get it mechanically, but just not the 'how'.
The Monk can pull things like this off, because they're mystics. They harness Ki energy. But the Brawler's fists, are mundane, meet and bone.
The best I can do to make sense of it, is to look at it, as if during their mastery of general ass-kicking, they tap into something primal enough, it's related to Ki.
I dunno- anyone else scratch their head over this?
Simply put, what possibilities are you excited about, and which do you dread for Pathfinder in the future?
As far as I go, I'm most hopeful for Occult Adventures- It's the book I always wanted, and never thought would happen. It's a genre and atmosphere that has been on my personal wish list for years, and it's actually happening... It's not so much the introduction of "physic magic", but how they are doing it. The occult feel, and atmosphere is a genre bending addition, that Paizo seems hell-bent on getting right for Pathfinder. I'm optimistic about this July.
My greatest Pathfinder fear... One day, I'll I go online and read, that Pathfinder is going "digital only"; with a new "business model", that only includes PDFs, other digital schemes, and a half-assed promise of a "print on demand" option from some third-party-site (that ends up costing twice as much and current hardcovers.)
I missed the playtest window on what looks to be the most amazing damn book in years... Is there still an outlet to provide feedback before it hits the shelves?
If not, it's still fun to discuss. I personally, could go on forever with what I hope this book brings to the game, but I'll start with a single thought and see if anyone else cares to join me in post- playtest talk.
One of the gems that stuck out to me in the playtest PDF, was the Mesmerist- the glorious bastards of the occult physic genre.
Anyway as I said at the beginning, I could go on forever about this book, but I'll start the discussion with the Mesmerist.
I've been playing since 2nd edition way back when I was a kid, and the one and only class in the game that still to this day utterly confounds me is the Bard. All of the Bard's ability's are predicated on some type of musical or performance based action, which in itself can be cool, but when it comes to adventuring and combat is a little bonkers...
Spells require a verbal component (Singing or reciting something), and in the case of Bardic performance, actually putting on a performance.
Am I wrong in interpreting this as the Bard literally breaking into song during combat to cast a spell, or breakdancing to defeat his or her enemies like an 80's music video in the case of Bardic performance? It all seems so silly... Mechanic wise, how does someone maintain a performance as a free action?
It could very well be that I'm missing something obvious here; my only exposure to the gaming community has just been my group of friend that I've played with. I've never posted online before, but since I've started up again with Pathfinder, I've been set on settling some of these old WTF questions. Pathfinder has done an excellent job of tweaking the classes, but the Bard remains just freaking weird to me... which sucks because a lot about the class I find cool- Jack-of-all-trades, performer, collector of lore, etcetera...
Anyway, could someone clear this up for me. Is the Bard class as goofy as I think, or am I missing something. Thanks in advance for indulging me here! :)