What is the average level of entry for these PrCs? It used to be that entry into a prestige class came around level 6 or 7. Nowadays you can become an Eldritch Knight at level 3 or a Mystic Theurge at level 4 or an Arcane Trickster at level 5.
How are the class skills with these classes? For me, getting new class skills is a major incentive to multiclass or to take a Prestige Class.
The extra feat is very helpful for classes like Paladins.
The extra skill point is useful, particularly if you are taking an irregular path into a Prestige Class. However, Half-Orcs can get the extra skill point by giving up Darkvision. I have an Urban Barbarian who did that. She intends to take two levels of Shadowdancer.
Because the Dark Tapestry sometimes comes up in PFS, I like to take Aklo. Only Humans and Half-Elves can do that without Linguistics.
I have an Aasimar Knife Master 1/Greensting Slayer 2 (Magus). The Knife Master uses d8s for sneak attacks. The Greensting Slayer gets d6 sneak attacks.
My question is: does being a Knife Master mean that the Greensting Slayer's sneak attack is also d8?
I'm headed for Rogue 1/Magus 3/Arcane Trickster 10, so I'll only get one sneak attack from the Magus. Thus if the answer is no, I'll only be losing an average of one point of damage per sneak attack.
In PFS, I have a Pluemkith Aasimar Snakebite Striker (Brawler) 1, Greensting Slayer (Magus) 2. After one more level of Magus, she will become an Arcane Trickster. She will get her Fifth-level spells at level 14. (A conventional Arcane Trickster based on three levels of rogue and three levels of wizard, gets Fifth-level spells at level 12.)
If you don’t have a grandfathered Aasimar for PFS, you can always take five levels of Greensting Slayer and then take Arcane Trickster. In that case, you would get Fifth-level spells at level 13 but would take one more level to complete Arcane Trickster.
Paizo classes are designed to be good through 20 levels. However, in PFS, you’re not going that far. Why not try something different?
More correctly, you cannot change your build after the first time the character is played at second level.
You can use the training rules from Ultimate Campaign. However, the Guide to Organized play makes this fairly costly. The high cost means that changes you can make fall short of a major rebuild.
Aasimar had a 3rd-level spell-like-ability which allowed them to start Eldritch knight at level 3. Aasimar are no longer allowed in PFS, unless you have a boon.
You can also do the same with a Scryer Wizard (subschool of Divination). Their Arcane school grants them the equivalent of a third-level spell at first level.
I believe this is PFS legal.
If you start a thread and nobody replies, don't bump it by replying yourself for 6-12 hours if your only intention is to keep it close to the top. I've seen people being very critical of those who bump too soon.
On the other hand, if you have something substantive to add, don't be afraid to post right after your first post.
Your player may need to win all the time, in which case I don't think that there is much hope for him.
If, however, he just hates to lose, there may be ways to deal with it.
In PFS, there are shirt (and other) re-rolls. You might want to go to a Hero Points system (APG).
The Weapon Master archetype gets a free attack (or confirm or damage) re-roll for every five levels she has.
A Bit of Luck from the Luck Domain is a great buff since it lets the player roll two D20s for the entire next round.
If you did all of the above, he might still want to cheat. So, you should have all of you players call out the rolls of adjacent players.
It might very well be too late for any of this to work.
(On the subject of losing: for chess players, the pain of losing is four or five times greater than the pleasure of winning. Sorry, I saw this a long time ago, so I don't have a citation.)
As soon as you can afford it, get a wand of Mage Armor. If you can't get it going with UMD, ask a sorcerer or wizard to help you.
I agree with Dark Netwerk about taking Shield.
I assume you have Dodge which means you could get AC 23, without armor, assuming you used both Mage Armor and Shield.
I had a Kensai in PFS but went back to a regular Magus at level 2. Until I did, I always carried around a couple of potions of Mage Armor. The main downside was getting my buffs up at the right time.
If you would like some general advice on your build, you should post your Ability Scores, Traits and Feats.
In PFS, the Cavalier replaces Expert Trainer with Skill Focus (Handle Animal).
In Animal Archive, the Cavalier archetype Huntmaster replaces Expert Trainer with Animal Trainer (dogs and birds only).
Should a PFS Huntmaster replace Animal Trainer with Skill Focus (Handle Animal)?
Or does the lack of a specific mention in additional resources mean that the Huntmaster can keep Animal Trainer? It may well be that Animal Trainer is a weaker/more limited class feature than Expert Trainer.
I would like to hear from anyone who has encountered this problem.
Since I mainly play PFS, I'm never going to see a capstone ability. This encourages me to multiclass.
An Urban Barbarian 2 Fighter 8+ combination is one of my favorites. The Urban Barbarian has good skills which really add to any fighter.
I had a Rogue with the Swashbuckler and Scout archetypes. At fourth level I decided that the character was somehow lacking. She will now be doing eight levels of Dawnflower Dervish (fighter archetype). The resulting character will correspond to the original vision I had of her.
My most successful PFS character was a Fighter 8 Aldori Swordlord PrC 2 Duelist 2.