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I've been out of the game for a bit and was recently heartened to learn of sweeping changes to problem items such as the Jingasa, Gloves of Recon, Staff of the Master and other such silly things.

I'm just wondering whether Emergency Force Sphere (AKA Immediate Action Arcane Caster Invincibility + Unstoppable Terrain Control) has been smashed into oblivion yet.

If not, why not?

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Hi all, KG here.

Pathfinder Society organised play (otherwise known as PFS) has just sanctioned Iron Gods for retroactive credit for the campaign world. What does this mean? It means all Iron Gods players and GMs are now eligible for tonnes of PFS gold, experience and truly unique character boons (ways to break the rules in unique ways).

How PFS works is best explained in the guide available here: http://paizo.com/products/btpy84k4

Reporting your games for the first time can be a confusing and not so logical process. If a GM has finished Iron Gods, that's actually recognised as 12 game credits, which automatically pumps you up to 1 star GM status, even if you've never done PFS before. In addition, it gives Paizo good data on how popular their APs are.

So here's the ten steps on how to report.

1. Hit the Pathfinder Society tab on the left of the screen.
2. Hit "My Pathfinder Society"
3. Hit "GM/Event Coordinator"
4. Click the "Create Your Event" button.
This isn't so much an event, as a folder, to report your games.
5. Make sure you tick all the boxes under AP #85-90, so you can report them later.
6. Save Changes, and close.
7. Do your players have Pathfinder Society ID numbers? If not, click 'Reserve 10 Pathfinder Society Cards', distribute one ID number per new player.
7. Click 'Report' next to your new event.
8. Enter the details for both your ID numbers, and your players, inlcuding their names for future reference. Remember, you'll need to add the character numbers for your players - if they're not PFS players, just use the number '1'. Remember, each book is worth four prestige points, so don't forget to add them in.
9. Hit Save and Exit! When you're next with the players, distribute their new PFS Chronicle Sheets (available here: http://paizo.com/paizo/blog/v5748dyo5lidu&page=2?You-Are-What-You-Choos e-to-Be#87 )
10. Rinse and repeat as you complete more chapters. Profit!

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Download pdf here.

I put together a handy inventory sheet to help track battery usage in weaponry, armour and devices.
Also contains a handy section for magic item slots and nanite canisters.
Feel free to download and use.

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So lately I've been heading to games and have been pretty weirded out by seeing lots of 'respectable' Pathfinder Society agents with belts packed full of humanoid shrunken heads filled with live, biting insects.
Needless to say, I have some questions.

What is the price of a Stingchuck?
Are they PFS legal?
Where do the severed heads come from?
Why are the insects inside the severed head always alive?
How long does a Stingchuck last before the 'best-before' date?
Who prepares the severed heads and why don't they charge for their services?
Why?
WHYYYYYYYYYY?

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I have been using lots of music to create the atmosphere and mood of this weird fantasy/sci-fi adventure. The usual whole Wagner-esque epic battle fantasy music really doesn't fit right at all.

For me, the feeling is very much of lost technology and weird glimpses into a future that never really came true. I've been digging lots of synth, particularly John Carpenter. Judas Priest's famous track 'Hellion/Electric Eye' is also a must-listen.

Here are some of the music recommendations I've been using so far:

Com Truise - In Decay (fuzzed out 70s/80s synth)
Com Truise - Galactic Melt (not as strong as In Decay but still cool as hell)
Boards of Canada - Music Has The Right To Children (very haunting and perfect)
John Carpenter - Lost Themes (great for battles)
Perturbator - I Am The Night (a little too many verbal breaks but still great)
Syndicate Wars OST (So dark and sad, I'm going to use this for Starfall and put the city in perpetual night)

As always, support the musicians by buying their amazing work on iTunes or ordering their albums.
Do you have any Iron Gods music recommendations?

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Hi there fellow GMs!

This thread is primarily for IG GMs, if you're a player, it might be an idea to not read any further...

IG: Fire of Creation is quite vague on the gambling games offered at Silverdisk Hall. I can appreciate that word limits mean that Paizo can’t write out Numerian gambling without word blow-outs. But I’ve also seen a few queries from like-minded GMs who are wondering how to handle the gambling RP that takes in place in this fantastic genre-fusion adventure.

So I’d like to share the game I used for my own campaign. It seemed to work very smoothly, and although my players beat the house, it also offers a deal of risk as well. Presenting, “Torch Take-All”!

The game is essentially 21, otherwise known as blackjack. All players are actually playing blackjack against one another, but they are also playing against simulated NPC opponents. I limited the number of NPC opponents to four. If you go higher, the winnings pool will be substantially larger.

HERE'S HOW YOU PLAY:
0. The PC's are given 100 tokens by credit at the beginning, however give them the option to buy more tokens before the game starts if they want to risk even more.

1. Announce that the PCs are locked into the table for one round. One round equals five plays. Once the round is over they can cash out, however if they lose all their gold they must either buy more tokens or be thrown out of the establishment. PCs may not give tokens to their friends during a round. Nobody is allowed to show their cards to anyone else until the hands are revealed.

2. The table decides how much everyone has to bet if they want to play. I would recommend 20-50 gold per player. Everyone must match the amount (remember to include the NPC players!) The PCs get to decide this amount. If it is too much for them, they can sit out and not be involved in this play. You cannot sit out if the minimum bet of 10 gold is going ahead.

3. Deal two cards to each PC. They then get to check their cards.

4. Secretly roll a D10.
<Dice result of 1 to 4: NPCs hands have BLOWN!>
<5 – The NPCs highest score is 17 with two cards held>
<6 – 18 (two cards)>
<7 – 19 (two cards)>
<8 – 20 (two cards)>
<9 – 21 with two cards>
<10 – 21 with three cards>

5. Before the players have a chance to accept another card from the dealer, any PC with Sense Motive is allowed to make a check. Success means they get a sense of their NPC opposition and whether there is a 21 in play (a roll of 9 or 10) The DC becomes higher (DC25) if the amount bet is over 20 gold as the NPCs take more care to hide their emotions.
DC 20 - Either disappointment (blown), feigned confidence (17-19) or delight (20-21)

6. Once the sense motive checks are over, the PCs can then accept additional cards one at a time until everyone is either sitting, or blown.

7. Announce results! Of course, if you hold more cards, you beat someone who holds your score with less cards. If your results are still tied, both are declared the winners, and they split the pool. If everyone blows, the House takes the entire pool.

8. Shuffle the cards and start again!

Although this has worked well for me in-game, I’d be keen to amend it to increase the danger or include more skill usage.
I realise that this does not simulate a casino running at a profit. This is more to provide a simple, stream-lined gambling experience to the PCs.
Hope this helps!

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A negative game option being a rules supplement not found in the Core Rulebook that has received a significant amount of negative feedback from PFS GMs and players over a number of weeks/months/years.

Discuss.

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Technomancer’s Recondition Item (TRI)
Spell: Greater Make Whole (GMW)

As currently written, GMW is able to repair any piece of old, broken or damaged technology just as long as the caster level is high enough to cover the weight of the object being repaired (5lb per clvl).
However, there is a big question – can GMW restore timeworn technology back to perfect working order? RAW suggests that it does, as timeworn tech is described as being damaged. However, with the power of the spell being that great, what does it mean for the Technomancer’s Recondition Item class ability? Surely that becomes useless, as every piece of TW tech found would receive a GMW and thus become back to perfect condition?

One option which I am guessing, is that the timeworn status is also a problem for magic. The magic of GMW recognizes the timeworn status as an ‘original state’ and thus GMW could revert an item to be a new – but glitching – item as it still, technically, ‘works’ and is ‘whole’ (to a certain extent).

How are TRI and GMW meant to interact with one another?
Developer feedback would be adored.

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A Warlock has become unhappy because he has no lair!

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In recent scenarios, there have been a fair few missions where the expectation is that a number of the Pathfinders recruited have numerous knowledge skills that they can use to solve riddles, understand obscure texts and recognise noble sigils on sight.

However, as we all know, not every Pathfinder is as skilled as someone like, say, Varian Jeggare. There are a number of classes that grant only 2 skill points per level. Even worse is playing these classes with the view to enter a prestige class that requires 5 skill ranks spent in an esoteric skill. Often you will end up with a PC with barely any expendable skills. When everyone is done spending points in perception and diplomacy, it is quite common to find teams of Pathfinders with barely any knowledge skills whatsoever.

Luckily the core rulebook allows us to recruit a hireling that can provide some assistance. Today, while playing Library of the Lion, the team of Pathfinders became quite concerned when we realised nobody in the team had 'Knowledge: History'. It seemed like we were going to walk into a nightmare scenario of spending a lot of effort to reach a secret library where we would have no understanding of what we were reading. At all.

So we decided to contract a Taldan historian to join us and keep his confidentiality about the mission. There was also an express agreement that the hireling would avoid combat at all times. We pulled out the core rulebook section on hirelings:

Core Rulebook wrote:
Hireling, Trained: The amount given (3sp a day) is the typical daily wage for mercenary warriors, masons, craftsmen, cooks, scribes, teamsters, and other trained hirelings. This value represents a minimum wage; many such hirelings require significantly higher pay.

Obviously, 3 silver a day is not adequate for a historian capable of discerning historical secrets. Our excellent GM pulled out the NPC codex and found a scholar named Seffeh who had both Knowledge Nobility and History at +8 each. "Awesome!" our team declared "Name your price!"

This is where things fall down for PFS organised play.

We do not seem to have a concrete table for hireling pricing for PFS play. Obviously, in an organized setting, we want GM variation to be reined in a bit. Is it possible to get some pricing quotes from John Compton to give us a reasonable idea of the pricing?

Could we get some charts to get some options going?

+5 to one knowledge skills = price in GP?
+10 to one knowledge skills =
+5 to two knowledge skills =
+10 to two knowledge skills =
and so on?

Obviously we do not want to create another 'battle cattle' situation whereby a PC uses their gold to let an NPC beat a scenario, but I've seen so many tables where there just aren't enough skill points to go around that hiring historians, noble socialites and dungeoneers are actually a necessary strategy. Obviously, in a perfect world, all Pathfinders would be very intelligent and not need to burn their gold doing this, but sadly, 2sp classes with no need for INT will always be a staple of the game.

Cheers.

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ARG wrote:
Efreeti Magic: Some ifrits inherit an efreeti ancestor's ability to magically change a creature's size. They can cast either enlarge person or reduce person (the ifrit chooses when using this ability) once per day as a spell-like ability (caster level equals the ifrit's level). The ifrit can use this ability to affect other ifrits as though they were humanoid creatures. This racial trait replaces the spell-like ability racial trait.

We know that normally an Enlarge Person spell will not work on a Native Outsider such as a Ifrit. However ifrits can gain Efreeti Magic which allows them to use this SLA on their race as if they were humanoid.

However, the rules text says 'other ifrits'. There is an implied meaning here that 'other ifrits' does not include the self. However, there is no explicit sentence stating the SLA will not work on the self.

The word "Other" can mean "additional and further" and also "different or distinct from the one mentioned or implied." So I am having a bit of confusion as to the meaning of the word in this context.

Can an ifrit cast an Efreeti Magic Enlarge or Reduce Person SLA on themselves?
Some developer clarification would be great.

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We all know and love Bolka, the Dwarven Goddess of Marriage (mostly arranged marriages). But in one of the Faiths and Religions books, it is mentioned that her clergy assist 'confirmed bachelors find a wife'.

This seems pretty innocent to me, but the good olden days definition of 'confirmed bachelor' is taken to mean homosexual male. As Golarion is a setting closer to the Victorian age than present day and typically in fantasy Dwarves are very conservative, should we read into this that Bolka has a religious agenda versus homosexuality in Dwarven society?

Personally my theory is that Bolka loves all marriage, and just as long as the consenting same sex partners put on a proper do for the rest of the clan and there's plenty of Dwarven oaths and vows and all that good stuff, your wedding is blessed. But what if...?

Would love to get some developer feedback - Does Bolka have an anti-gay belief structure? How are homosexual dwarves dealing with Bolkan Inquisitors? Is there going to be an Inquisitor archetype with a gaydar ability? Are there underground gay camps?

MY DWARVEN STONEMOTHER OF BOLKA NEEDS TO KNOW THE TRUTH!!!

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[Posting as Master Kuro Poe, Arcane Duelist, Choreographer, Dancer, And So Much More. Because VOs can't use aliases. This post contains spoilers for The Hellknight's Feast and The Stolen Heir]

In a dim storage room in the Grand Lodge of Absalom, a Tengu Pathfinder has gathered a number of like-minded individuals. The room is a sizeable timber affair where flags of every nation of the Inner Sea and beyond are draped across the walls, coated in a thick layer of dust. It is clear that these items of pomp and patriotism are not used unless a celebration is in order. And there have been no celebrations lately.

"I believe we have all read the missives from the agents sent to the Hellknight's Feast. While I, personally, -craw- am not surprised that even the Faction Leaders are not immune to admonishment from old money, I believe this marks a clear line being drawn between the work of our Pathfinders and the national interests of the Inner Sea."

"Luscious Zarta was flung into bureaucratic, diplomatic and literal hell for her service to Cheliax.
Wise Amenopheus has been shamed and dismissed from the Ruby Prince's royal court.
My own Lotus of the East, Lady Amara Li, saw the signs and fled the Inner Sea after using the resources to restore a Dynasty.
Now even Lady Gloriana Morilla is being openly rebuked by Taldan Gentry, and Major Colson Maldris is discovering the People's Republic is rotten to the core."

"Of our greatest diplomats and leaders, only the -ehhhrk- Qadirans have managed to dodge the slings and arrows of patriotism. And to be frank, -craw- they are not motivated by love for a nation, but by coin."

"It is clear the factions of the Pathfinder Society are increasingly losing ground with their national sponsors. We now face a precipice where it is possible that the greatest adventurers of the Inner Sea will act by their own will, rather than the directions of politicians and national interests. The shadow war for Absalom is endless. The war to the north... not so much."

The Tengu looks irritably at a moth that flutters near his beak. There is a jump and a snap of a beak and the moth is gone.

"I propose that we do all we can to convince our fellow Pathfinders that they live for themselves and the good of all, not the infighting of patriotism or the directions of imbecilic politicians or nobles. What say ye?"

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Season 5, the Year of the Demon is here! And Unicon 2013 will be Victoria's chance to start the season with the Special, Siege of Diamond City.

Date: Friday Evening 4th October
Saturday 5th October
Sunday 6th October

Location: Melbourne High School, just a short walk from South Yarra train station.

We're kicking off Season 5 with loads of tables. Whether you're high tier, facing off against the skinless assassin demon Babau or the horrifying necromantic winged Nabasu, or you're a beginner capable of fending away clawed Dretches and spellcasting Quasits, there is a place on the front lines for you!

During the Siege of Diamond City, all adventurers will unite to stop the demonic invasion of the City of Nerosyan. Will your adventurer be left standing when this epic battle closes?

We'll also have a few older favourite scenarios up our sleeves and plenty of introductory games for beginners.

Follow the link for further details on the Unicon 2013 page or our Warhorn Event signup.

Whether this is your first game of Pathfinder Society, or if you're bringing along a Society character played at a previous convention, we'd love to see you! Remember to pack some cold iron!

Cheers,
Stephen (DarkWhite)
Pathfinder Society 5-Star GM
Venture-Captain, Australia

Andrei (KestlerGunner)
Pathfinder Society 3-Star GM
Venture-Lieutenant, Australia

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So last night in Voice in the Void a properly prepared pregen saved my party from a nightmarish TPK. It was incredibly embarassing. I was deeply ashamed. So this morning, I had to write up a kit that would ensure that Kyra never has to save me again.

Slayer's Kit
MELEE:
Alchemical Silver Heavy Mace (102gp) 8lb. (for beating lycanthropes)
Cold Iron Heavy Mace (24gp) 8lb. (for beating fey, demons and devils)
Masterwork Manacles (50gp) 2lb (to lock up creatures you're not able to kill. Usually for plot reasons)
OR RANGED:
40 Cold Iron Arrows (4gp) 6lb.
40 Alchemical Silver Arrows (6gp) 6lb.
AND
4 Weapon Blanch, Adamantine (400gp) 2lb. (for beating rock monsters and golems)
3 Oils of Magic Weapon (75gp) 3lb. (for beating just about everything after level 5)
3 Oils of Align Weapon Good (75gp) 3lb. (for beating powerful evil outsiders)
3 Flasks of Holy Water (75gp) 3lb. (for beating ghosts and haunts)
3 Flasks of Alchemists Fire (60gp) 3lb. (for beating swarms)
3 Flasks of Alkali (45gp) 3lb. (for beating swarms immune to fire, yes this can happen)
2 Bandoliers (1gp) (16 slots) (to carry all this stuff and take out as a retrieved object)

Melee Kit: 907 gp. 35 lb.
Ranged Kit: 741 gp. 29 lb.

Some notes:
-I chose heavy mace as it's simple and just about everyone can use them. I haven't experienced too many slashing DR creatures at higher tiers, while I have encountered a lot of slashing and piercing resistant oozes. So there's room to customize there.
-While I haven't included them, Ghost Salts and the Golembane Scarab are wonderful items. They're just a bit too pricy for what I was aiming to do here.
-If you have a low strength character, this kit will almost certainly put you into a medium load. I suggest adding a Handy Haversack or Bag of Holding too, though keeping the equipped bandoliers on your person.

I hope you find this useful. Personally, I'm going to pack one on any character post level 5 from hereonin, because with the Worldwound, things are only going to get tougher.

Have you written up any useful kits? I'm particularly interested in kits that can shore up low skillpoint characters. Can you share them with us?

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So basically, the Silver Crusade sends a bunch of allied knights into the Mwangi Expanse to find ancient treasures and convert locals. They get slaughtered. Dysentery, mosquitoes are just the icing on the cake after allosaurs devour most of the group.

One halfling squire alone survives. He survives for seven years eating jungle berries and using banana leaves as toiletries. He learns the calls of the Allosaurus and steals one of their eggs. He mends the broken armour of the lost Crusade. He returns to civilisation as...

DINO KNIGHT!
[this is a pfs character]

STR 14
CON 16
DEX 12
INT 12
WIS 12
CHA 10

Beast Rider Cavalier 'Sir Hendricks'
Halfling Knight, Order of the Sword
Racial trait: Outrider

1 Mounted Combat, B: Shake It Off
3 Ride-by Attack
5 Spirited Charge
6 B: Power Attack
7 Shield Focus
8 B: Skill Focus Ride
9 Mounted Shield, B: Broken Wing Gambit
11 Coordinated Maneuvers

Hosteling Armour UE (7,500)
Horsemaster Saddle UE (12,000)
Attains Allosaurus at level 4.

Allosaurus Steed 'Sue'
1 B: Endurance, Light Armour Proficiency
3 Medium Armour Proficiency
5 Improved Natural Attack: Bite
7 Weapon Focus: Bite
9 Improved Critical Bite

***

Basically I'm thinking he'll spend most fights charging about with a lance and steel shield while his allosaurus bites the enemy.
I am assuming that when the knight charges, his steed also gets an attack off on a Ride By Attack, right?

I am also assuming you can't pull off a Vital Strike on a Ride By Attack?
Let me know what you think?
I don't wanna play a Gnome.

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Last night I had a great night of PFS thanks to meetup.com, a social website designed to link people with similar interests and hobbies. You guessed it - one of those very popular hobbies is pen and paper roleplaying!

I browsed my capital city, and lo and behold there was already a local tabletop gaming group with a staggering 300 members, all there united by a love of pen and paper rpgs. Some folks were running homebrews, some were running weekly dungeon crawls, but the group was active. I put down a tentative game of running First Steps, and within less than a week I already had 5 brand new players signed up and ready to go.

I didn't know what to expect walking in to my local bricks and mortar game store with my GMing supplies. Most horror stories begin with 'we conversed on the internet and then decided to meet'. Gaming can add new complications.
But... it was AWESOME.

We had one no-show but the gamers we did attract had a great familiarity with the rules, were dedicated to roleplaying and genuinely appreciated someone GMing a game for them. They bravely faced down Ledford, they were stern but fair with Auntie Baltwin and they got blasted by a pink prestidigitation and took it all in their stride. In short, great players.

I am now thinking at the rest of those pen and paper enthusiasts in my local city's meetup rpg group and wondering if my new 4.5 star rating on meetup will attract more new Pathfinder recruits...

Has anyone else out there had any success with meetup.com? Got any tips or tricks? Or has anyone started a new Meetup group themselves and had people sign up?

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123 Records broken this summer
(1 Celsius equals 33.8 Fahrenheit)

It's been a weird experience living in Australia this summer.
You remember those science fiction stories where the people live in glass bubbles, and exposure to the outside elements leads to asphyxiation or melting temperatures?
That's kind of what life is like in Australia right now.
The population stays indoors. Stands next to the air conditioners that receive their power from coal deposits that we burn inexorably in power generators that were considered obsolete in the 1980s.
Cars, in gridlock, most consuming unleaded fuel, pump their air conditioners at full bore and yet everyone's back and armpits is still drenched in sweat.
We're now in Autumn and it's still hot. The heat is not going away.
Queensland and sections of Victoria are just... always flooded. As soon as the poor bastards replace their carpets another drenching comes down to destroy everything.
I don't know what a level 2 commoner like myself can do. I don't think humanity has the intellect to discover that they are the proverbial frog in the boiling pot. Drop us suddenly in the boil, and we'll demand action - anything else isn't worth arguing about. She'll be right.
The next leader of our nation, with consistently popular polls is Tony Abbott. A man who kicked out the previous leader (Malcolm Turnbull) of his party because he demanded too much action on climate change. A man who declared that 'climate change was crap'. He's the most likely to lead us over the next four years if the polls are correct.

I just wish a brave Pathfinder could teleport to Government and forcibly enact a ban on major sources of carbon pollution. Someone needs to save the realm, because us commoners certainly are too stupid to manage it ourselves. There's a dragon called Denial destroying the realm and all the people can do is just burn to death.

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The Dragon Empires gazetteer makes reference that in Kwanlai, Lady Sutarai-Gongen has the allegiance of all five major tengu clans. But who are these clans? What are they named and what are they known for? Has this been described in any releases to date?

Really curious to pad out my tengu's family history of why they had to leave Kwanlai, and I figured clan status was a good place to start.

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So there's a fair few Dhampir Pathfinders using the race boon from the Beginner Box event and Convention attendance. The release of Advanced Race guide brought out some great blood drinking options for Dhampir characters, except for one small detail.

They're all banned from PFS (Blood Drinker, Blood Feaster, Blood Salvage, Diverse Palate, read them here).

It doesn't matter if the victim is already dead, classic vampire blood drinking is not allowed. Pathfinder Dhampirs are all half-vampires that aren't allowed to drink blood. This removes some of their appeal.

The main reason is that "Feeding on unwilling intelligent creatures is an evil act." (text from Advanced Race Guide)
We can remove this problem by adding requirements to the Blood Drinker feat, which serves as a prerequisite feat for Blood Feaster, Blood Salvage and Diverse Palate.

Blood Drinker
Consuming blood reinvigorates you.
Prerequisite: Dhampir.
Benefit: Choose one humanoid subtype, such as “goblinoid” (this subtype cannot be “dhampir”). You have acquired a taste for the blood of creatures with this subtype. Whenever you drink fresh blood from such a creature, you gain 5 temporary hit points and a +1 bonus on checks and saves based on Constitution. The effects last 1 hour. If you feed multiple times, you continue to gain hit points to a maximum of 5 temporary hit points for every three Hit Dice you have, but the +1 bonus on Constitution based skill checks and saving throws does not stack.
Normally, you can only drink blood from an opponent who is helpless, grappled, paralyzed, pinned, unconscious, or similarly disabled. If you have a bite attack, you can drink blood automatically as part of your bite attack; otherwise, you must first cut your target by dealing 1 hit point of damage with a slashing or piercing weapon (though you may feed upon a creature with severe wounds or a bleed effect without cutting it first). Once you cut the target, you can drink from its wound as a standard action. Drinking blood deals 2 points of Constitution damage to the creature you feed upon.
The blood must come from a living creature of the specified humanoid subtype.
Change to:
The blood must come from a living, evil-aligned creature of the specified humanoid subtype. You may not attempt to drink the victim's blood unless you have confirmed the creature is evil, through use of the Detect Evil spell or through use of the Holy weapon enchantment.
It cannot come from a dead or summoned creature. Feeding on unwilling intelligent creatures is an evil act.
With the amendment, the final sentence is no longer required for PFS play and can be deleted.

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This workaround allows Dhampir Pathfinders to use their signature ability without threatening the innocent, and instead use their dark powers against the baddies.
What do you think?

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I need to rebuild a PFS character alias under my account but the alias has over 10 posts. It will not allow me to change the name of the character to the new rebuilt character. How do I change this?

For technical support, the PFS character is 29961 - 1 'Mosley Oakland'. How do I edit this out to put in the details for the new character?

ALSO:

Could we please get more avatars loaded up into the system? Particularly Tengu avatars? There's so much cool art in the books and the modules but if you look under Tengu avatars only 1 has been uploaded. Pleeeease? :D

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Tengu Magic Item Record Sheet

I had a bit of spare time in Photoshop. The base sheet is the old 3.5 edition magic item slot sheet, but the silly human has been erased from reality and replaced with a boisterous Tengu. The silhouette is from the Advanced Races Guide and is not my own work.

Please export/download and share for free if you find this useful! Caw!

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What with all the Lamplighter Stormwind fallacies running around in the past week, I figured I'd post ten questions that I would like you to answer from the perspective of your characters. By doing this, you are running an exercise that many fiction writers use to gain a better, more fully realised idea of their characters.

I don't give two hoots if you have a charisma or intelligence of 5, just have the answers ready to these questions and follow the PFS tenets and you're a great player in my book.

~ ~ ~

1. Why are you a Pathfinder?

2. Do you have a name and surname that is not ripped straight out of existing Earth mythology or popular culture?

3. Which nation did you grow up in? How did this nation influence you?

4. What do you look like? What are your wearing? How does this vary when you’re stalking through forests, sewers, deserts or in glittering cities?

5. What do you love? (Treasure and experience doesn’t count)

6. What do you hate? (Unclear and irritating darkness level rules don’t count)

7. Which other Pathfinders (PCs) do you rely on for teamwork, survival and butt-kicking? Do you have a bro? a mentor? a father figure? maybe a rival?

8. How does your race influence your views? Are you a stereotype of a certain race? How are you different from most humans/elves/gnomes/orcs/tengu?

9. What are you afraid of? Do you have any phobias or worries?

10. What is your most treasured possession?

~ ~ ~

Go crazy guys! Really interesting in hearing how people tackle these.

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Pathfinder first edition was a tense game of cunning and pursuit.

Clearly, the GM on the left is having a great time rending the hapless player on the right. How about those dungeon tiles! Old school!

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I played 'Severing Ties' yesterday with a Chelish character. That experience informed a lot of this rant.

I am getting kind of exhausted with Golarion and Society Play's almost-constant focus on bondage discipline sadomasochism. It seems like the setting and organized play by extension has a recurring theme of people getting trussed up in leather and whipping themselves. It sucks for public gaming, it sucks for younger players and for me, it has gotten really old.

I've been gaming since 2000 and I cannot recall any other campaign setting where BDSM had such a major, well, FOCUS on the flavor of the world, religion in particular.

Let's run through a list of Golarion's huge amount of BDSM love:

Zon-Kuthon: Major Deity of BDSM. Okay, fair enough, he gets the portfolio. Let's give it all to him and be done with it. How is there a major deity of BDSM? Is it really that important? Is there a major deity of bread, maybe? Bread probably has a bearing on more mortal souls than BDSM. Regardless, Zon-Kuthon gets his own nation, Nidal.

Asmodeus: Technically he has nothing to do with BDSM whatsoever except for the portfolio of discipline. Cheliax is depicted as a nation with a big focus on the master/slave dichotomy however, and Zarta Dralneen is arguably a parody of someone obsessed with BDSM, despite not being a Zon-Kuthon worshipper. Effectively, she is a character defined solely by her love of BDSM. And around 10% of PFS players have to carry out her 'favours' in public play, week after week.

Cult of Lissala: I had high hopes for the Cult. I really did. When you worship an evil God in a world of magic and mystery you can get stuff done. Horrifying stuff. Powerful deeds. You really can. You don't need to dig out a bondage cave and spend your nights whipping yourself. That achieves nothing. And when you have a cult lead by someone called 'The Lashmistress'? That's not the Cult I signed up for.

Calistria: The savoured sting. Worshipped in brothels. Goddess of lust and vindictiveness. Lots of flavour text about wasps and people's genitals.

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PFS, I love you, but I'm yelling the safe word now. I've had enough of all this kinky stuff. I know you want me to explore and cooperate, but this is getting silly.
Am I the only one who feels this way?

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We all know some of the writers have been getting inspired by movies when writing PFS scenarios. But why should movies get all the fun? Here are some videogame inspired scenarios I'd love to see in PFS. Can you add any more?

Bomberman.
The 47th Alchemy convention of Golarion is plunged into extra-planar chaos when the entire convention of Alchemists are sucked through a planar rift to Mechanus. In this strange, orderly, grid-based realm, the alchemists are possessed by strange spirits and begin to dress as cats. A bomb battle to the death ensues! Only one may be dubbed the winner and escape! Hurry up!

Pokemon.
There’s a battle raging in Varisia as a collection of druids, summoners and cavaliers have entered a dispute about ownership of a paddock that boasts particularly long grass. But the laws of the land say that only animal companions, eidolons and summoned creatures may battle to solve the heated argument. Awakened Velociraptor Mount, I Choose You!

X-COM: Enemy Unknown.
The Pathfinders are dropped at the entrance of an evacuated village. There are emissaries from the Dark Tapestry hidden amongst the desolate buildings and emptied streets. It’s up to the small, independent team to infiltrate the village and neutralise the otherworldly threat before other invasions may occur.

Syndicate.
The Pathfinders enter the business district of Absalom and must ‘persuade’ a brilliant Alkenstar alchemist to hand over his corporate secrets. But the Aspis consortium have a team in place as well, and they’re not above conducting drive-by shootings from coaches. Town guards inevitably get in the way.

Grand Theft Auto.
Guaril Karela has his eyes on a fabulous coach owned by Zarta Dralneen. He needs the Pathfinders to ‘retrieve it’. Using a mix of crime, powerful weaponry and out-of-control horseback stunts, the Pathfinders bring chaos to the streets of Absalom when committing the crime of “Grand Theft Coach.”

Borderlands.
The Pathfinders are left on the edge of Numeria’s dry gullies and desert, where mutant reptilian Krenshar, or ‘Skags’ feast on the flesh of the unwary traveller. The Pathfinders are required to repair a lost helper Golem named “Claptrap” in order to gain access to a “Vault” of Numerian goodies. This mission is trivial.

Dwarf Fortress
The Pathfinder Society sends the adventurers off to micro-manage an entire underground Dwarven settlement for the period of one week. If any dwarves are left alive after this horrifying week of total management, the Society will be granted some Legendary Dwarven Furniture. Manage your Dwarves, teach them crafting, tell them when to go to the bathroom, ensure you're up to date with their allergies, build a water-wheel and beware the man-eating carp!

What else can we muster?

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Purely a theoretical exercise to test out your plot-building or world-building chops on. I've put it here instead of Homebrew as I'm keen to discuss Golarion. Please don't move it, mods.

"For years, the Mana Waste has remained solitary. Suddenly, scholars begin to note some worrying changes.
They report that with every passing week the Mana Waste travels 100-200 kilometres North and grows by 5 per cent.
Oracles who venture into the Wastes have started hearing the consciousness of the Mana Waste and it's garbled thoughts, representing the Wastes attempts at communication. They return with strange new curses.
The Waste begins spawning horrors at an increased rate, including bizarre creatures that look like a twisted re-imagining of Nethys."

Some questions for the Golarion scholars and GMs out there.

-Who would react first?
-What would likely happen next?
-Is there anything that exists in Golarion that could counter such a threat?
-What would be your theory on what's causing the migration?
-What's a weird unearthly event that you would have the Mana Waste migration manifest?

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The ARG allows a Tengu character to constantly wield two natural claw attacks that deal 1d4 points of damage.
The Barbarian rage power 'Lesser Beast Totem' gives a barbarian two 1d6 claw attacks (On the understanding that they are a core race with no natural claw attacks while they are raging). The Barbarian rage power 'Greater Beast Totem' increases this damage to 1d8 and a higher critical hit damage multiplier.
Does a Tengu barbarian with normal 1d4 damage claws upgrade their claw damage from 1d4, to 1d6 (with lesser) and then 1d8 X3 (with greater) as a constant effect? Or does the damage die for their claws only increase if the Tengu character is raging?

Would like some guidance. Or I'll claw yer eyes out.

Beast Totem Chain:
Beast Totem (Su): While raging, the barbarian gains a +1 natural armor bonus. This bonus increases by +1 for every four levels the barbarian has attained. A barbarian must have the lesser beast totem rage power to select this rage power. A barbarian must be at least 6th level to select this rage power.

Beast Totem, Greater (Su): While raging, the barbarian gains the pounce special ability, allowing her to make a full attack at the end of a charge. In addition, the damage from her claws increases to 1d8 (1d6 if Small) and the claws deal ×3 damage on a critical hit. A barbarian must have the beast totem rage power to select this rage power. A barbarian must be at least 10th level to select this rage power.

Beast Totem, Lesser (Su): While raging, the barbarian gains two claw attacks. These attacks are considered primary attacks and are made at the barbarian's full base attack bonus. The claws deal 1d6 points of slashing damage (1d4 if Small) plus the barbarian's Strength modifier.

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So, like the majority of the movie viewing public, I watched and absolutely adored Joss Whedon's latest movies 'The Avengers' and 'The Cabin in the Woods.'

I got to thinking what really resonated with me was how Whedon gives each character a role and personality. I am not talking about the brainless game-talk of 'defender', 'healbot', 'glass cannon'. I am talking about personality roles, who these people are and how they react. Putting in place a rich character foundation, so the character is so well-rounded we find it delightful to speculate about how they would react to certain situations.

This might be prompting a 'Duh, it's called good writing' from many of the better roleplayers at this point - but here's the clincher: 'The Avengers' isn't a good movie because it has a good plot. The villains and plot are glowy cube macguffin are highly ordinary. It's a great movie because the interactions of the heroes are so rich. We know nothing about the monstrous creatures at the finale of the film. The enjoyment is directly from the interaction of the personalities.

Whedon says of 'Avengers':
"Even though it isn't the origin story of any one person, it is the origin story of the team. In that sense, people have to find something in themselves that makes them need to work with each other. Something that makes them need to step outside of themselves. It's not a story of personal empowerment — it's a story about community."

To me, this sounds like the perfect philosophy to base the adventuring party dynamic.
Let's break down the 'avenging' adventuring party:

STARK/IRON MAN: Rich billionaire. Devout capitalist. "Tony owns everything he sees, and Gwyneth Paltrow is his girlfriend, so clearly he's not living in the real world." -Whedon. Loves technology and development. Alchemist.

CAPT AMERICA: Fish out of water. Conservative and idealistic. The very best of lawful good. Trusting and egalitarian to the point of fault. Distrustful of what isn't traditional and tried and true. Paladin.

BANNER/HULK: Silent and world-wearied. He has seen enough in his time to let the others do the talking while he sits back and observes. When he does take action, it is world shattering. Short temper. Barbarian.

BLACK WIDOW: Born actor. Enjoys manipulating the male ego to her benefit in any circumstance, even against the gods. Is capable in combat, but would prefer diplomacy to continue so she can run rings around opponents. Bard/rogue.

THOR: The powergamer who kicks in the door. Comes from a morally simplistic background that lacks the human nuances of the others, so he appears more simple and or blonde. Privileged compared to others. Flashy and loud. Magus or Barbarian.

HAWKEYE: Meh.

We can see this isn't a list of 'talents' but also include personality weaknesses and foibles. As we read through those descriptions, we can already see conflicts of philosophy occurring between the party.

Captain is a traditionalist, Stark is all about new developments. Widow is all about talking her way out, Hulk just smash. Thor was born with power, Hulk and Stark (who have a total bromance) can view their power as a curse, even though they had to work their asses off to attain it. Stark and Thor are extroverted, Hulk can pummel them both but Banner is introverted. Captain believes in the potential of everyone, Stark believes his own marketing about being a visionary ubermensch.

You are very quickly getting a community, dysfunctional, believable (and hilarious) being built by these characters interactions with one another.

Let's say the party are adventuring in Golarion and come across a unique Thassilonian ruin that is home to an enormous arcane device. Because of their developed personalities, we already know how these characters would react to the discovery.

Stark: Let's do some analysis and figure out if there's anything here we can patent!
Hulk: Careful, it might seem stable now, but appearances are deceptive.
Widow: Who built this? What did they want with it? Are they still around?
Captain: Let's make sure there's no villages nearby that might be harmed by the power of this device.
Thor: In Asgard, we have temples twice the size of this hovel.

You can see how their personality roles immediately provoke a believable and realistic reaction from the characters to the storyline device and develop a sense of self around the fictional character.

If you are looking to your alignment to determine how you react to other party members or events, you'll either be silent, or a two-dimensional cartoon. Alignment is a lame method of determining your character's personality. At the worst, you'll be neutral and have your motivations dominated by resource greed for EXP, gold and the old ale and wenches combo.

I won't discuss 'Cabin in the Woods' at length except that it's FANTASTIC and it strips 'roles' back to the very core of trope usage and genre storytelling. You need to watch it.

In conclusion/too long, didn't read:
Carefully formulating your character's personality role, identifying motivations, weaknesses and potential philosophical clashes with fellow adventurers will lead to richer 'off-the-cuff' role playing experiences. Write a paragraph about your character's personality role and leave alignment for determining spell effects.


Female Elf Wizard 3

To the Authorities of Restov,

Progress has begun relatively quickly at extinguishing the bandit menace in the Stolen Lands. Bandit forces are complacent, poorly armed and inexperienced with fighting equipped opponents. Some twelve bandits have been dispatched thus far, including one active campsite. We expect a note of credit forthcoming.

Team morale is high, despite the…

Sanguinius, the emperor tamarin monkey familiar, held the quill tightly and looked up quizzically and silently at his master, who had stopped mid-dictation. Nephele Orvathar was wrapped in a thick olive green cotton shawl and she paced the timber battlements of Oleg’s Trading Post impatiently. Above, the cold lights of night sky shimmered away, washing the nearby fields in a blue light.

“Sorry San, I am looking for the right words.” She scratched her chin with a long fingernail. Sanguinius’s beetle black eyes followed her, waiting for the next sentence. It was not proper to complain about her team mates…

There was Zogarn Gronzi, the hormonal human teenage barbarian, whose belligerence about his dubious birth-right was matched only by his seemingly endless self-confidence. He referred to Nephele as "Princess", a comment that Nephele had misunderstood to convey a regal nature, rather than a term of derision at her constant need for luxury.

There was the pleasant yet hopelessly delusional ranger Koby, who could at any time, be joined by his ghostly partner, Emerson Medyved, who constantly dripped with water and cold after falling in a cursed ‘icy lake’ somewhere in the Gronzi forest. Nephele suspected both Koby and Emerson were cursed, but she didn’t have the resources to research their magical affliction properly. She also was loathe to get close to Emerson, who had the most frightful way of speaking, half stutter and half babbling of waters.

At least there was another spellcaster. Antal, the diminutive male Witch. He was joined by Barnabus the Raven, who hopped about on the halfling witch’s shoulders insulting others constantly.

She almost suspected that the excursion to the Stolen Lands had been a method for Restov authorities removing some of its stranger adventurers. Nephele thought better of complaining of her teammates and turned to the greater problem.

…Team morale is high, despite the threat of one named the Stag Lord, a self-appointed ruler of the Stolen Lands. Word is the bandits the Stag Lord surrounds himself with are far more disciplined and deadly than the rabble we have encountered so far. I will report more when we have solid information.

Sanguinius held up the quill. Nephele took it and deftly signed her name in Elven. She picked up the parchment, folded it, and placed it within her shawl. Shivering, she breathed out steam and gazed out at the cold fields beyond the wooden walls.

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Status Update
School universal; Level bard 1, cleric 1, druid 1, oracle 1, sorcerer/wizard 1, witch 1.
Casting Time 1 full-round action
Components V, S, M
Range touch
Effect One Wayfinder belonging to the caster of the Status Update.
Duration permanent until dismissed.
Saving Throw Will; Spell Resistance yes

This spell was invented by hopelessly egocentric bards to allow an adventurer to permanently enchant their Wayfinder with a collective social networking spell. If an ally touches your Wayfinder while you are holding it and you consent to them being a recipient of your Status Update, they automatically become a recipient of the spell. If they are unwilling they are subject to spell resistance (if applicable) and receive a will save to not be a Status Update recipient.

Every 24 hours, the caster of the Status Update spell may send out one message of 140 characters to all recipients of their Status Update spell. There is no limit to how many recipients can receive the Status Update. The recipients telepathically receive the message and hear it as if the caster had spoken the message. The caster immediately knows how many recipients receive the Status Update although they may not remember every single entity subscribed.

If a recipient/victim wishes to unsubscribe from the Status Update, every 24 hours they may attempt a will save to block the annoying messages. If the caster dismisses the spell, they lose all their recipients.

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I have played many of the Year of the Ruby Phoenix sessions as a Lantern Lodge character. There’s an entire continent’s worth of conflicts going on in Tian Xia and as such and there’s a great opportunity for these conflicts to be reflected in the role of the Lantern Lodge. This thread is about discussing some exciting positions for the Lantern Lodge for later seasons.

This thread is solely dedicated to discussing the flavour and world-setting of the Lantern Lodge faction within the Pathfinder Society, in order to maximise the interest and motives of the faction.
This is kind of what I’d like to see the LL be working on:

Goals:

-Re-establishment of The Way of the Kirin. This supposedly ancient league of egalitarian warriors and scholars represents a strong socialist association that is favoured by many of the populace of Tian Xia (particularly the Kwan Lai Tengu, who have a history of being persecuted by the elite classes) If the Way of the Kirin can be reformed due to the Lantern Lodge’s actions, this would represent a massive shift in the power of the Lantern Lodge [see Haunting of Hinojai for some intriguing details]. With so many successor states, the Way of the Kirin could get a big federal reach.

-Protection of Tian Xia refugees. From Lingshen, Bachuan and Wanshou, there are plenty of ruling parties in Tian Xia that would want political dissidents permanently silenced. The first place to run is the Inner Sea. I see the Lantern Lodge as a sort of Asiatic home away from home in Absalom, like a bigger, magical, adventurer-funded Jewry of New York in the 1940s. There should be some sort of political accord signed that gives Tian Xia refugees protection in Absalom or the Inner Sea that’s sacred to Lodge members. I’d love to wave a political decree in some Lingshen soldier’s face. Suck on international legislation, ya bums!

-Dragons. Anything with neutral Dragons is very cool. I'd do what a dragon told me to do.

-The remnants of the Lung Wa Imperial Lineage. Does the Lantern Lodge care about these folks? Are they still alive? If so, why is LL setting up base so close to the Cathedral of the Starstone? (colour me curious)

Opposition/Deadly Enemies:

-The Golden League. The Golden League of Tian Xia are rapidly creating links with the Aspis Consortium of the Inner Sea, much to the concern of the PFS. The Lantern Lodge may have been given access to PFS assets and information to ensure the Aspis/Golden alliance doesn’t become ‘out of check’. The Decemvirate view the merging of the Golden League and the Aspis as an event that must not occur, and Lantern Lodge faction members are always concerned about the two groups sharing resources. [See The Ruby Phoenix Tournament]

-The encroachment of Lingshen. The enormous military force of Lingshen represents a constant threat to both the independent successor states and political enemies of Lingshen (who may often find deadly ninjas sent after them) The Lantern Lodge may be secretly assisting independent successor states hold the line against Lingshen’s constant expansionist policies.

-Liberation of Wanshou. This is probably a losing battle, but see the goals above. There can be some possible alliances negotiated with the Andorans in this long-term goal? I think they'd like the chance to work together.

-Liberation from Taldor (?). What does the Lantern Lodge think about Amanandar? Do they want the Taldans to get the hell out? Do they despise the Taldan invaders but want to use diplomacy or aggression to leverage a retreat? Is establishment of the Lodge in the Inner Sea part of a bigger campaign to kick out the Taldans? I don't see these factions playing together nicely.

So what about you - what would you like to see the Lantern Lodge become?

http://pathfinderwiki.com/wiki/Tian_Xia

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A current trend in the books that have been released by Paizo for the Pathfinder campaign setting seems to have made it very clear that current design staff do not enjoy prestige classes. With every new book there is a swathe of archetypes, while prestige classes were present in the core rulebook and then quickly went extinct, aside from some necessaries in Inner World Guide.

It seems Paizo authors now believe the prestige class can be replaced by the archetype.
This is simply not true.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the archetype system. They represent a great evolution in the class mechanics of the game and I’m overjoyed to see characters who can get to their schtick at earlier levels and not have their feat choices eaten by a prestige class.

But archetypes cannot do everything.

Misses, more misses and hits

We are seeing more and more archetypes written with miniscule word counts. One of the longest entries – the synthesist from ultimate magic – is a little over 700 words. And attempting to fundamentally rewrite and reflavour a base class so dramatically in this many words using the archetype system has led to rules headaches all over the game.

Two of the shortest archetypes in the game – the Gunslinger’s musket master and pistolero are a little over 300 words. Instead of offering a true archetype, these class options merely make the base gunslinger class redundant via giving the player an option to perform better with one type of gun, by eschewing the other option completely. This is min/maxing in its purest form.

My favourite archetype – the Bard’s arcane duelist is instead, a wonderful example of how an archetype works. It focuses on a strong mental image of the character it offers, in this case a witty and sly magical warrior, and tweaks the original class to lose scholarly abilities to bolster the ability to last longer in combat. The performance abilities match the flavour and the arcane duelist player gets to enjoy their character concept earlier. The barbarian archetypes that blend reckless, naked madmen, drunken brutes, totemic berserkers also shine.

Lost opportunities

Since the release of the gunslinger and alchemist class, I’ve been desperately hoping for some sort of character option that’d allow me to play the ultimate steampunk hero who blends their accuracy with an experimental weapon with plenty of strange concoctions and arcane bombs. This is too hard for the archetype system. It can’t be done.

Since reading the cool Summoner class abilities for fighting mounted on, or next to, their eidolon, I’ve dreamt of Summoner-Knights who eschew their summoner abilities to train as summoning cavaliers. This is too hard for the archetype system. At least how the archetype system is working at the moment.

Since reading about the strange curses of the Oracle, I’ve dreamt of an oracle whose initial curse – and magical abilities – become exponentially more otherworldly. Aside from ‘double cursed oracle’ I’m not expecting to get anything.

And then there’s the issue of the beautiful and imaginative art that went alongside the prestige class options. Who didn’t want to play a Rage Prophet when they saw the wicked artwork for a totemic orcish spirit leader? People fled to the Purple Dragon Knight in Faerun because the art looked so badass, and gave players a mental image of what these heroes looked like. For archetypes, we’re lucky if we get two paragraph breaks. It diminishes the excitement I get for the character options. That's sad.

Don’t be hatin’

I have primarily been a 3.5 player over the years, I started roleplaying in 2000. But I realised last night that I am not excited to come up with any class concepts for the system as it stands now. I saw what the essence of multiclassing did to 3.5. I had to play alongside characters who had level-dipped through the wazoo. It sucked. But Pathfinder has real favoured class benefits that discourages this. And Paizo developers are smart enough to know to put the best class abilities beyond 1st or 2nd level in a prestige class. I want to be eager to play a certain class again.

So come on guys. Rethink your stance on Prestige classes. Give us a giant book of character options that explore Golarion's roles, your new classes, all the ideas that are possible that the archetype system just can’t deliver.

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Honestly guys. This book.
This crazy-ass, so insane it might just be the future, messed up, mortifyingly depressing, speechlessly joyful book. It's the best.

The Spiel said wrote:

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

Think 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' meets 'Summer Wars' with a dollop of 'The Road' and 'Bladerunner', a flood of John Hughes, a sprinkling of 'Back to the Future'. A helluva lot of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: 'TOMB OF HORRORS'.

I'm about one third through and I'm addicted. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book this much.
Any other Gunters here?

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So I'm not 100 per cent sure of the actual process, but I do know there is some fantastic work being done in the RPG Superstar 2012 forums right now. Just lately we've had some incredibly scary monsters created, and last round there were some compelling organisations too.

Have you read any entries that you are desperate to see made canon into Golarion? Why not tell us what you want to see, and why?

Here's mine:

Organisation - The Unfettered:
For over a year, the Summoner class has been the unloved middle child of Golarion. Their feat choices are minimal, their archetypes are broken and barely got playtested, but this villainous organisation could change everything. The fear that somewhere out in the mana wastes, there's a collection of hateful and organised extra-planar unfettered eidolons plotting the destruction of Golarion summoners is too cool to ignore. The unfettered will steal your Eidolon! Make it canon!

Organisation - The Foulgrip Rangers:

Ever since I saw that one amazing artwork of the mutant gnoll of the mana wastes, clutching a battered old rifle, the seed was set. There's some terrifying stuff out in the mana wastes, but what if one of the worst groups was a pack of insane mutant gun wielding gnolls, riding up hell on packs of savage leucrotta! Make it canon!

Monster - The Ravenous Gorgewort:
You know what would make the Mwangi Expanse more frightening? The prospect of an enormous magical venus flytrap diving out the bushes, swallowing your wizard, and then getting the effects of stoneskin as it trundles about, wiping your party from the realm.

Item - Spellbreaker Gauntlets:
Because an angry Golarion barbarian should be able to tear through a Wall of Force like Evangelion Unit 01 tears through AT-fields.

What would you like to see made canon?

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Caw, I've been a bit confused on the pricing for the Arcane Bond 5th level class feature for the Arcane Duelist. This is for PFS society.

As read, it refers you straight to the Wizard description of the Arcane Bond:

Arcane Bond:
Ex or Sp): At 1st level, wizards form a powerful bond with an object or a creature. This bond can take one of two forms: a familiar or a bonded object. A familiar is a magical pet that enhances the wizard's skills and senses and can aid him in magic, while a bonded object is an item a wizard can use to cast additional spells or to serve as a magical item. Once a wizard makes this choice, it is permanent and cannot be changed. Rules for bonded items are given below, while rules for familiars are at the end of this section.

Wizards who select a bonded object begin play with one at no cost. Objects that are the subject of an arcane bond must fall into one of the following categories: amulet, ring, staff, wand, or weapon. These objects are always masterwork quality. Weapons acquired at 1st level are not made of any special material. If the object is an amulet or ring, it must be worn to have effect, while staves, wands, and weapons must be wielded. If a wizard attempts to cast a spell without his bonded object worn or in hand, he must make a concentration check or lose the spell. The DC for this check is equal to 20 + the spell's level. If the object is a ring or amulet, it occupies the ring or neck slot accordingly.

A bonded object can be used once per day to cast any one spell that the wizard has in his spellbook and is capable of casting, even if the spell is not prepared. This spell is treated like any other spell cast by the wizard, including casting time, duration, and other effects dependent on the wizard's level. This spell cannot be modified by metamagic feats or other abilities. The bonded object cannot be used to cast spells from the wizard's opposition schools (see arcane school).

A wizard can add additional magic abilities to his bonded object as if he has the required item creation feats and if he meets the level prerequisites of the feat. For example, a wizard with a bonded dagger must be at least 5th level to add magic abilities to the dagger (see the Craft Magic Arms and Armor feat in Feats). If the bonded object is a wand, it loses its wand abilities when its last charge is consumed, but it is not destroyed and it retains all of its bonded object properties and can be used to craft a new wand. The magic properties of a bonded object, including any magic abilities added to the object, only function for the wizard who owns it. If a bonded object's owner dies, or the item is replaced, the object reverts to being an ordinary masterwork item of the appropriate type.

If a bonded object is damaged, it is restored to full hit points the next time the wizard prepares his spells. If the object of an arcane bond is lost or destroyed, it can be replaced after 1 week in a special ritual that costs 200 gp per wizard level plus the cost of the masterwork item. This ritual takes 8 hours to complete. Items replaced in this way do not possess any of the additional enchantments of the previous bonded item. A wizard can designate an existing magic item as his bonded item. This functions in the same way as replacing a lost or destroyed item except that the new magic item retains its abilities while gaining the benefits and drawbacks of becoming a bonded item.

This does not give any advice on whether you are supposed to purchase the item, you craft it yourself as per the special rules for upgrading an Arcane Bond by the owner (half price cost) or it is received for free as a class feature as per the Wizard's arcane bond.

If I wanted my Arcane Bond to be a masterwork adamantine elven curve blade, would I receive the mundane item for free, then spend 1,000 gp using the Arcane Bond crafting rules to upgrade it to a +1 enhancement? The class feature stipulates weapons cannot be made of a special material at 1st level of wizard, but what about the 5th level of Arcane Duelist?

Am I supposed to spend:
-3080gp for mundane item +1000gp for +1 enhancement?
-Receive the item for free then pay 1000gp for +1 enhancement?

Any assistance is appreciated, caw.

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1 Silent Tide // 1-2, 4-5 // Absalom
2 Hydra's Fang Incident // 1-2, 4-5 // Wittleshine, Andoran
3 Murder on the Silken Caravan // 1-2, 4-5 // Katheer, Qadira
4 Frozen Fingers of Midnight // 1-2, 4-5 // Absalom
5 Mists of Mwangi // 1-2, 4-5 // Blakros Museum, Absalom
6 Black Waters // 1-2, 4-5 // Absalom
7 Among the Living // 1-2, 3-4, 6-7 // Oppara, Taldor
8 Slave Pits of Absalom // 1-2, 4-5 // Absalom
13 Prince of Augustana // 1-2, 4-5 // Augustana, Andoran
14 Many Fortunes of Grandmaster Torch // 1-2, 3-4, 6-7 // Sedeq, Qadira
16 To Scale the Dragon // 5-6, 8-9 // Galt
17 Perils of the Pirate Pact // 1-2, 3-4, 6-7 // River Kingdoms
20 King Xeros of Old Azlant // 7-8, 10-11 // Absalom
22 Fingerprints of the Fiend // 7-8, 10-11 // Cheliax
23 Tide of Morning // 1-2, 4-5 // Andoran
24 Decline of Glory // 1-2, 3-4, 6-7 // Taldor
26 Lost at Bitter End // 7-8, 10-11 // Bitter End, Geb
27 Our Lady of Silver // 5-6, 8-9 // Katheer, Qadira
28 Lyrics of Extinction // 7-8, 10-11 // Dokeran, Mwangi Expanse
129 Devil We Know Part I - Shipyard Rats // 1-2, 3-4, 6-7 // Cassomir, Taldor
130 Devil We Know Part II - Cassomir's Locker // 1-2, 3-4, 6-7 // Cassomir, Taldor
131 Sniper in the Deep // 5-6, 8-9 // Absalom
132 Drow of the Darklands Pyramid // 7-8, 10-11 // Darklands
133 Assault on the Kingdom of the Impossible // 1-2, 4-5 // Jalmeray
134 Encounter at the Drowning Stones // 7-8, 10-11 // Mwangi Expanse
135 Voice in the Void // 1-2, 3-4, 6-7 // Blakros Museum, Absalom
136 Echoes of the Everwar Part I - Prisoner of Skull Hill // 7-8, 10-11 // Hold of Belkzen
137 Beggar's Pearl // 1-2, 3-4, 6-7 // Andoran Cheliax border
138 No Plunder, No Pay // 7-8, 10-11 // Sodden Lands
139 Citadel of Flame // 1-2, 4-5 // Meraz Desert, Qadira
140 Hall of Drunken Heroes // 7-8, 10-11 // Absalom
141 Devil We Know Part III - Crypt of Fools // 1-2, 3-4, 6-7 // Cassomir, Taldor
142 Echoes of the Everwar Part II - Watcher of Ages // 7-8, 10-11 // Sothis, Osirion
143 Pallid Plague // 1-2, 3-4, 6-7 // Darkmoon Vale, Andoran
144 Echoes of the Everwar Part III - Terror at Whistledown // 7-8, 10-11 // Whistledown, Varisia
145 Delirium's Tangle // 1-2, 4-5 // Absalom
146 Eyes of the Ten Part I - Requiem for the Red Raven // 12 // Woodsedge, Galt
147 The Darkest Vengeance // 1-2, 4-5 // Ustalav
148 The Devil We Know Part IV - Rules of the Swift // 1-2, 3-4, 6-7 // Cassomir, Taldor
149 Among the Dead // 1-2, 3-4, 6-7 // Oppara, Taldor
150 Fortune's Blight // 5-6, 8-9 // River Kingdoms
151 City of Strangers Part I - The Shadow Gambit // 1-2, 3-4, 6-7 // Kaer Maga, Varisia
152 City of Strangers Part II - The Twofold Demise // 1-2, 3-4, 6-7 // Kaer Maga, Varisia
153 Echoes of the Everwar Part IV - The Faithless Dead // 7-8, 10-11 // Sothis, Osirion
154 Eyes of the Ten Part II - The Maze of the Open Road // 12 // Cheliax, Mwangi Expanse
155 Infernal Vault // 1-2, 3-4, 6-7 // Absalom
156 Jester's Fraud // 5-6, 8-9 // Taldor
201 Before the Dawn Part I - The Bloodcove Disguise // 1-2, 3-4, 6-7 // Bloodcove, Mwangi Expanse
202 Before the Dawn Part II - Rescue at Azlant Ridge // 1-2, 3-4, 6-7 // Azlant Ridge, Mwangi Expanse
203 Rebel's Ransom // 5-6, 8-9 // Parched Dunes, Osirion
204 Shadows Fall on Absalom // 7-8, 10-11 // Absalom
205 Eyes of the Ten Part III - Red Revolution // 12 // Akiton
206 Heresy of Man Part I - The First Heresy // 5-6, 8-9 // Rahadoum, Garund
207 Heresy of Man Part II - Where Dark Things Sleep // 5-6, 8-9 // Wadi al-Hesr
208 Sarkorian Prophecy // 7-8, 10-11 // The Worldwound
209 Heresy of Man Part III - Beneath Forgotten Sands // 5-6, 8-9 // Rahadoum, Garund
210 Fury of the Fiend // 7-8, 10-11 // Rachikan, Cheliax
211 Penumbra Accords // 1-2, 4-5 // Blakros Museum, Absalom
212 Below the Silver Tarn // 7-8, 10-11 // Menador Mountains, Nidal
213 Murder on the Throaty Mermaid // 1-2, 4-5 // Mordant Spire
214 Chasm of Screams // 7-8, 10-11 // Mindspin Mountains, Varisia
215 Shades of Ice Part I - Written in Blood // 1-2, 4-5 // Trollheim, Land of the Linnorm Kings
216 Flesh Collector // 7-8, 10-11 // Almas, Andoran
217 Shades of Ice Part II - Exiles of Winter // 1-2, 4-5 // Whitethrone, Irrisen
218 Forbidden Furnace of the Forgotten Koor // 7-8, 10-11 // Zho Mountains, Qadira
219 Shades of Ice Part III - Keep of the Huscarl King // 1-2, 4-5 // Realm of the Mammoth Lords
220 Wrath of the Accursed // 7-8, 10-11 // Sothis, Osirion
221 Dalsine Affair // 1-2, 3-4, 6-7 // Oppara, Taldor
222 Eyes of the Ten Part IV - Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained // 12 // Absalom
223 Shadow's Last Stand Part I - At Shadow's Door // 1-2, 3-4, 6-7 // Almas, Andoran
224 Shadow's Last Stand Part II - Web of Corruption // 1-2, 3-4, 6-7 // Almas, Andoran
225 You Only Die Twice // 5-6, 8-9 // Geb
226 Mantis's Prey // 7-8, 10-11 // Absalom
Intro 1 First Steps Part I - In Service to Lore // 1 // Absalom
Intro 2 First Steps Part II - To Delve the Dungeon Deep // 1 // Absalom
Intro 3 First Steps Part III - A Vision of Betrayal // 1 // Isle of Kortos
301 The Frostfur Captives // 1-2, 4-5 // Irrisen, Land of the Linnorm Kings Border
302 Sewer Dragons of Absalom // 3-4, 6-7 // Absalom
303 The Ghenett Manor Gauntlet // 5-6, 8-9 // Katapesh
304 The Kortos Envoy // 7-8, 10-11 // Isle of Kortos
305 Tide of Twilight // 1-2, 4-5 // Verduran Forest, Avistan
306 Song of the Sea Witch // 3-4, 6-7 // Absalom
307 Echoes of the Overwatched // 1-2, 4-5 // Blakros Museum, Absalom
308 Among the Gods // 3-4, 6-7 // Antios Crown
309 The Quest for Perfection I - The Edge of Heaven // 1-2, 4-5 // Wall of Heaven, Tian Xia
310 The Immortal Conundrum // 5-6, 8-9 // Absalom
311 The Quest for Perfection II - On Hostile Waters // 1-2, 4-5 // Shokuro, Tian Xia
312 Wonders in the Weave I - The Dog Pharoah's Tomb // 5-6, 8-9 // Demiplane

MODULES:
Midnight Mauler // 1-2, 3-4, 6-7 // Ardis, Ustalav
Year of the Shadow Lodge // Absalom
Master of the Fallen Fortress // 1 // Absalom
Cult of the Ebon Destroyers // 7-9 // Jalmeray
Godsmouth Heresy // 1-2 // Kaer Maga, Varisia
We Be Goblins! // 1-2 // Brinestump Marsh, Varisia
Feast of Ravensmoor // 3 // Ravensmoor, Varisia

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There may be errors here. Can I get you guys to scan through and let me know if you spot any? I have not included retired scenarios.
Specifically,
Q1. Where is Antios Crown located?
Q2. Where is Jester's Fraud set?
Q3. Is the Azlant Ridge inside the Mwangi Expanse?
Q4. What is the best city for a 'Foreign Contact'?

It would be great if someone could 'pin' an inner sea map to show off where the greatest cluster of PFS adventures are set. I was surprised to see the lack of Alkenstar and Numeria here.

Hope this helps!

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