People seem to want to compare the rogue to a fighter in combat, saying its not effective. But thats the whole thing, if you want to do damage play a fighter. If you want to be a verstile play a rogue.
A question has come up about ranged touch attack into combat and if there is a penalty or not. I beleive it is no because of the following:
Page 184 Players Guide wrote:
Shooting or Throwing into a Melee: If you shoot or
throw a ranged weapon at a target engaged in melee with a
friendly character, you take a –4 penalty on your attack roll.
Two characters are engaged in melee if they are enemies of
each other and either threatens the other. (An unconscious
or otherwise immobilized character is not considered
engaged unless he is actually being attacked.)
If your target (or the part of your target you’re aiming at,
if it’s a big target) is at least 10 feet away from the nearest
friendly character, you can avoid the –4 penalty, even if
the creature you’re aiming at is engaged in melee with a
If your target is two size categories larger than the
friendly characters it is engaged with, this penalty is
reduced to –2. There is no penalty for firing at a creature
that is three size categories larger than the friendly
characters it is engaged with.
As seen here, it says ranged weapon, and nothing about touch attacks.
Precise shot backs this up with
Benefit: You can shoot or throw ranged weapons at an
opponent engaged in melee without taking the standard
–4 penalty on your attack roll.
Which again says nothing about touch attacks.
So I guess the question is does a ranged touch attack count as a ranged weapon, and if so where does it say this.
And is that why you can apply point-blank shot to rays and ranged touch attacks?